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How FDA stopped Trump’s fake news on coronavirus

President Trump was quickly contradicted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials for perpetrating fake news after he announced that FDA has approved the common malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. FDA further stated that more research needs to be conducted before the drug is made available to patients.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, Trump told reporters at a press conference that: “We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA has been so great. They’ve gone through the approval process, it’s been approved. And they took it down from many, many months to immediate. So we’re going to be able to make that drug available by prescription or states.”

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But FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn cautioned soon after the president’s comments that chloroquine and its derivatives had not yet been approved for the treatment of COVID-19. It is sad to say that the president’s public promotion of the drugs as an effective weapon against the disease, has led to hoarding and shortages of the drug, leaving people with lupus and other rheumatoid diseases with lack of medicines.

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