Trump Tells FDA to Look Into Malaria Drug

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Hydroxychloroquine is more commonly prescribed because it is generally believed to cause fewer side effects, whereas chloroquine has a reputation for more serious side effects but may be prescribed in situations where hydroxychloroquine can not be used.

Meanwhile, authorities in Nigeria where the use of Chloroquine for malaria was banned in 2005 due to high treatment failures resulting from drug resistance, said the drug is yet to be confirmed as one of the sure drugs in the treatment of coronavirus.

During his Thursday press conference, President Trump said he has directed the Food and Drug Administration to investigate whether the anti-malaria drug Chloroquine could be used to treat the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

"We're going to be able to make that drug available nearly immediately, and that's where the (Food and Drug Administration) has been so great", Trump told reporters, referring to both antimalarials.

"They've gone through the approval process - it's been approved".

Recognizing that something was seriously wrong, they rushed Ashley to a nearby hospital and were relieved to find out the child had not taken aspirin.

Trump spoke before Hahn, saying because the drug has been around "we know that if things don't go as planned it's not going to kill anybody".

But Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner, said the agency was still working to examine all possibilities.

This is called "compassionate use". Clinical trials on about 130 patients demonstrated the drug's ability to reduce the severity of the illness and speed up virus clearance, according to China's Ministry of Sciences and Technology.

"We want to do that in a setting of a clinical trial", Hahn said.

"Hydroxychloroquine. Now this is a common malaria drug".

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Trump held a video-conference with the leaders of the world's major industrialized countries earlier this week and plans to repeat that in April, May and June, when the physical meeting at the presidential retreat in Maryland was scheduled to take place.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration remains focused on the financial response to the pandemic, which has erased the Wall Street gains made over the past three years.

There are now no vaccines or treatments approved for the disease, but researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones. The commission recommended no more than a 10-day course of chloroquine for adult patients at 500mg - half a gram - twice a day. The U.S. government rarely invests in public companies except in the case of bailouts to save ailing firms and jobs.

Just last month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the United States and its allies should consider taking a "controlling stake" in Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson to counter China-based Huawei's dominance in next-generation 5G wireless technology.

"So we slashed red tape to develop vaccines and therapies as fast as it can possibly be done, long before anybody else was even thinking about doing this", he continued. "Safety data and data from high-quality clinical trials are urgently needed".

Trump said chloroquine had been approved and could be given to patients by doctors with a prescription.

He said four backup prescription drug wholesalers were out of the drug as well.

Bayer AG said it would donate 3 million tablets of Resochin, a closely related drug known generically as chloroquine phosphate.

Valisure Chief Executive David Light said other potential treatments are also becoming hard to obtain.

"We've not seen significant mortality in children", she said.

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