DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette wants the FDA to look into the hoarding of drugs used to treat coronavirus. She said the prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine can take away the drugs from those who really need them.

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Hydroxychloroquine (credit: CBS)

Hydroxychloroquine has been touted by President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. There is a dispute among medical professionals about the effectiveness of the drug for coronavirus.

Using it for coronavirus has also resulted in a huge demand and shortage.

DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado Congressional District 1, wants the FDA to warn doctors not to prescribe the medicine except for FDA approved uses. The medication is used to treat conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and malaria.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jocko says:

    HCQ has an elimination half-life of 30-50 days. Folks on long term HCQ will be just fine for quite a while.
    BTW, HCQ has an LD50 of 1,240mg/kg (mouse). I would have to eat ~90lbs to have a 50% chance of croaking.

  2. coloradotennisfan says:

    Does Dianna Degette treat patients? Is she an MD or medical researcher? What authority should she be advising physicians against a treatment they deem medically appropriate? The FDA has approved off label usage of this drug for Covid-19 treatment? Incredible arrogance and irresponsibility on her part. This drug has short supply because physicians and patients demand it. If she gets the virus, she will probably demand it or another unproven treatment. Clinical studies take years. I do not think that traditional clinical studies are valid now. What ethics allow a patient to be denied a promising drug when this drug may cure them?

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