Debate Over Hydroxychloroquine Has Human Toll

The President of the United States praised the unapproved drug hydroxyzine as a cure to fight corona. Scientists claim there is no connection of hydroxyzine helping COVID-19 and could potentially be dangerous to patients.

Maya Quinanola, reporter

Scientists around the globe desperately search for a cure to relieve people from the unpredictable pandemic. All while, the president of the United States claimed in a White House briefing he knows the cure.

According to Ellen Gabler and Michael H.keller of the New York Times scientists and the Trump administration debunking Mr. Trump’s claims, the drugs have spiked to an all-time high of being prescribed six times the normal rate. 

“The extraordinary change in prescribing patterns reflects, at least in part, the outsize reach of the Trump megaphone”, wrote Jennifer Valentino-DeVries in the same New York Times article “even when his pronouncements distort scientific evidence or run counter to the recommendations of experts in his own administration,” 

Not only is the surge in prescriptions dangerous for the people, but especially those in need of it most are left to minimal supply. Chloroquine was originally prescribed for those suffering from lupus, malaria, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

According to the New York Times, The Lupus Foundation of America prescriptions are only being partially filled, which some are not filled at all.

The same is being experienced by arthritis patients. According to the New York Times, they had to “call around to as many as a dozen pharmacies.” 

States have begun to take extra precautions against the dispensing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine since its use could lead to serious heart rhythm problems in some coronavirus patients.

The Times stated the incident offers the clearest evidence yet of “the perils of a president willing to push unproven and potentially dangerous remedies to a public desperate for relief from the pandemic.”