Trump vs Fauci: President and doctor spar over unproven drug - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded to reporters' questions Friday about whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to prevent COVID-19, as reported by This Is Money.

  • "The answer…is no," Fauci said during the White House briefing, adding that "the information that you're referring to specifically is anecdotal…It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can't make any definitive statement about it."

  • A day earlier, when Fauci was not with him at that briefing, US President Donald Trump had called attention to the drug and its potential usefulness against COVID-19.

  • Fauci went on to explain that the FDA is looking for a way to make the drug available to patients for emergency use, but in a manner that gives the government data about whether it is safe and effective.

  • Hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug, chloroquine, are available now and can be prescribed off-label by doctors in the US.

  • They may interfere with the coronavirus being able to enter cells, and some scientists have reported possible encouraging signs in preclinical and other small studies.

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