CARSON CITY, NV. – Last week, President Trump mentioned that there was a promising development in the treatment of coronavirus, and mentioned the anti-Malaria drug chloroquine as a possible means to combat the deadly virus.
The president never said it was a cure, never said it was 100% effective, only that it has shown some promising effectiveness, and since it has already been through clinical trials, could get to market quickly. That was it.
Cue the Trump Derangement Syndrome fanatics. We reported yesterday on the media criticisms that poured in because, well Trump.
Tuesday in Nevada, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an executive order which banned the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.
Utter insanity. https://t.co/pT7gKjQMfO
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 25, 2020
Sisolak said that since there was no consensus among either Nevada doctors or other “experts” that the drug was effective to treat people with COVID-19, he was banning its use.
The order also limits the prescription of the medicines to a 30-day supply, in order to ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes” and so people do not stockpile the drug. Chloroquine is also used to treat illnesses such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Last week, the president announced that the drug “could be a game changer”
“I am a fan of that [drug] and we’ll see what happens. I have seen things that are impressive. We’ll see. We’ll know soon. When you get to safety, this is prescribed for many years for people to combat malaria, which was a big problem,” Trump said.
After the president spoke, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that he too shared the president’s positive outlook, and noted that the drug still needed to be tested specifically for coronavirus effectiveness, which mirrored a statement made the day before by FDA chief Stephen Hahn.
Note, President Trump never said that it was “the” cure for coronavirus. Liberals in the media and politics just assumed that’s what he said.
Sisolak’s order came the day after a genius in the Phoenix, Arizona area died, and his wife was in critical condition after taking something called chloroquine phosphate, even though neither was symptomatic for coronavirus. Chloroquine phosphate is used to clean fish tanks.
A Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after they took chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus, a hospital says https://t.co/GJ8rjL6Ly7 pic.twitter.com/CflHiexCYz
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 24, 2020
Despite Sisolak’s order, New York area hospitals have received federal permission to give severely ill patients a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin on a “compassionate care” basis.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) criticized Sisolak after he made the decision to block use of the drug, accusing him of politicizing the pandemic.
Democrats it seems are more interested in scoring cheap political points and trying to downplay any successes the president’s actions may be enjoying than in actually trying to help the American people navigate this crisis.
On Wednesday, Cruz posted on Twitter, “During this crisis, we should listen to the science & the medical professionals. The opposite approach: the Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license—trying to score political points against Trump—& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID-19.”
During this crisis, we should listen to the science & the medical professionals. The opposite approach: the Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license—trying to score political points against Trump—& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID19. https://t.co/D4FK51BccP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 25, 2020
SIsolak went back after Cruz, saying in a Tweet: “Hey Senator! I’m glad we agree that it’s critical to trust science & listen to medical professionals…now and always. In a time of panic, misinformation can be dangerous, so let me help you out (make sure to read the whole thread)…”
Hey, Senator! 👋 I’m glad we agree that it’s critical to trust science & listen to medical professionals…now and always. In a time of panic, misinformation can be dangerous, so let me help you out (make sure to read the whole thread)… https://t.co/F03B56l8L7
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) March 25, 2020
“Here’s the deal: medical professionals don’t want bad actors to harm Nevadans (or Texans!) by creating a shortage of critical drugs for those that need it the most. We’re in a pandemic.”
“As leaders, let’s stand together as Americans to forget the partisan politics, put the health & safety of our citizens first, & commit to sharing accurate information. We can mitigate and stop #COVID19 if we do it together.”
Hmmm. Funny, Sisolak talking about “forget [ting] partisan politics.”
In light of Sisolak’s comments about “medical professionals,” apparently the “medical professionals” advising Gov. Sisolak are not so qualified after all.
One of the leading proponents of implementing the restrictions is Ihsan Azzam, Nevada’s chief medical officer. According to the Washington Times, Azzam is not even licensed to practice medicine in the United States. The issue was raised on Twitter.
Turns out Nevada’s chief medical officer is not even licensed to practice medicine in the US. He had advised the governor to prohibit the use of hydroxychloroquine for Coronavirus treatment. ht @shiftyjoel https://t.co/z4etoJVJdS
— Jeff Giesea🦚 (@jeffgiesea) March 25, 2020
While Azzam has a master’s degree and has some prior experience in environmental public health and epidemiology, his only actual experience practicing medicine was when he worked in an obstetrics and gynecology department in an African hospital over twenty years ago.
So therefore, he is not only not qualified to practice medicine in the U.S., but he apparently doesn’t have any experience treating respiratory conditions. One would almost think that his advice to Sisolak was not based upon on any medical concern but more likely by anti-Trump sentiment.
Azzam isn’t the only one that doesn’t appear to be qualified. Another Twitter sleuth noted that neither the state’s medical epidemiologist nor the state epidemiologist appeared to possess necessary qualifications in order to “make medical decisions related to infectious disease.”
None of Nevada’s disease prevention & epidemiology staff are qualified to make medical decisions related to infectious disease. Incredible pic.twitter.com/ucxjXt6uoI
— Cyan Lana🎖🎖🎖 (@BabeReflex_8) March 25, 2020
Medical epidemiologist Stephanie Woodward has a doctorate in psychology, not epidemiology or public health; state epidemiologist Melissa Peek-Bullock possesses a BS in health ecology. Wonder who she knows?
Neither of the women appear to have attended medical school.
I mean she’s “spoken to the media about outbreaks of West Nile virus and Ebola – at a casino”. What an expert. Hope she passes her classes and gets that degree!
— Koondey (@Koondey1) March 25, 2020
It is amazing that none of the three people in charge of the state’s epidemic response were a practicing medical doctor.
Sisolak has faced a severe backlash from residents of the state, primarily Republicans over the order. The drugs he banned are currently being used in trials, and are among a select group of possible therapies the World Health Organization is examining as potentially treating or preventing coronavirus, while the effectiveness of the drugs is unclear at this point.
It’s a shame that politicians can’t put people before their own political agenda.
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