by Sheri Urban
President Trump announced on Thursday the US will IMMEDIATELY make the drug Chloroquine available to treat Wuhan Coronavirus patients.
In an unprecedented move to expedite normally stringent FDA requirements, President Trump made the announcement at the daily “China Virus” press conference in the White House.
Trump said it’s shown “very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately.”
Addressing potential safety concerns, Trump noted that it had been used previously in treating malaria, “so we know if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody.”
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn explained during the press conference it would be allowed under what’s known “compassionate use” — where doctors can request to use the experimental drug and get permission from the FDA to give to patients. Hahn also said he didn’t want to give “false hope” but said he was hopeful about the treatments.
He also said another drug, remdesivir, would be made available too. He said it would remain to be seen whether it would help combat the crisis.
“And that’s a drug used for other purposes that’s been out and it’s had very good results for other purposes, but it seems to have a very good result having to do with this virus. And that drug also has been approved, or very close to approved in that case, by the FDA.”
UPDATE: New York Governor Cuomo has just agreed to start using the drug in his state immediately.
As we reported earlier, a just-completed study from France showed a stunning, 100% cure rate with Chloroquine for patients suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus.