Last updated on January 29, 2021
The Mike Hunter, Attorney General. of Oklahoma is trying to get back $2 million the state paid to acquire a supply of hydroxychloroquine, one of the favorite snake oil remedies for Covid 19 praised by Donald Trump for much of 2020. Fox News and other right wing news media touted it endlessly as a “game changer” to cure the spreading pandemic.
Oklahoma was one of several states to purchase hydroxychloroquine during the early stages of the pandemic, as there were talks about whether it could be an effective treatment for COVID-19. But with little to no evidence it had any effect, the attorney general’s office is working to return those pills to the company from which the state purchased them. Oklahoma was one of several states to purchase hydroxychloroquine during the early stages of the pandemic, as there were talks about whether it could be an effective treatment for COVID-19. But with little to no evidence it had any effect, the attorney general’s office is working to return those pills to the company from which the state purchased them.
On Fox News, July 3 sanctimoniously claimed that the drug was an effective cure and anyone denying that was trying to hurt Trump.
“Fortunately, the Trump Administration secured a massive supply of hydroxychloroquine for the national stockpile months ago,” a statement read. “Yet this is the same drug that the media and the Biden campaign spent weeks trying to discredit and spread fear and doubt around because President Trump dared to mention it as a potential treatment for coronavirus.”
It added: “The new study from the Henry Ford Health System should be a clear message to the media and the Democrats: stop the bizarre attempts to discredit hydroxychloroquine to satisfy your own anti-Trump agenda. It may be costing lives.”
On July 28, Trump said:
Asked to clarify his position on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, Trump said that “many doctors think it is extremely successful.”
“I took it for a 14-day period, and I'm here. Right? I'm here,” he said. “I don't think you lose anything by doing it, other than politically. It doesn't seem to be too popular you know why? Because I recommend it.”
When more complete scientific studies were conducted, it was found hydroxychloroquine had no positive effect on Covid patients. Earlier studies were of small samples and had no control group. Emergency approval for using it as a treatment was revoked in June. “It cited a lack of benefit as well as risks, such as serious heart rhythm problems.”
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