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Who’s the Medical Quack – Chuck Schumer or VA Doctors?

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Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer Senate Minority Leader on Sunday called on the Veterans Affairs Administration to come clean on whether it is using veterans to test Hydroxychloroquine. Schumer stated the VA must explain why it purchased a bulk order of $208,000 worth of the drug. Here are his comments:

“When it comes to the testing and treatment of vets with these chloroquine drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, families are left with more questions than answers,” Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said.

“The VA needs to provide full details on the recent bulk order, the status of any testing, and the notification process to families. Recent actions by the VA have spurred serious questions and the fact that the VA has yet to answer them is deeply concerning,” he continued.

“There are concerns that they are using this drug when the medical evidence says it doesn’t help and could hurt,” Schumer said.

Schumer cited a study published last month of 368 male veterans with the coronavirus found that 28 percent who were given Hydroxychloroquine and standard health care died – compared to 11% who just got routine care. The narrative, as well, is that Hydroxychloroquine is risky – sudden cardiac death.

The assertion of the use of these medications alone, or in combination, can lead to a prolongation of the QT interval, possibly increasing the risk of Torsade de pointes (TdP) and sudden cardiac death has been studied – click here. Conclusions – In the largest reported cohort of COVID-19 patients to date treated with chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine {plus minus} azithromycin, no instances of TdP or arrhythmogenic death were reported. Although the use of these medications resulted in QT prolongation, clinicians seldomly needed to discontinue therapy.

South Dakota launched the nation’s first statewide clinical research study to investigate the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine and understand its role in potentially preventing COVID-19 in certain groups. Gov. Kristi Noem made the announcement on April 13. The trial will enroll roughly 2,000 individuals, and researchers hope to have results on the drug’s effectiveness within six months. This study is a collaboration among Sanford Health, Avera Health, and Monument Health led by a team from Sanford Research.

To be clear – the FDA has approved an abbreviated new drug application for hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to address ongoing shortages of the drug sparked by its still unproven potential as a COVID-19 treatment. The application, submitted by Accord Healthcare, was approved on April 7. The approved indications are uncomplicated malaria due to Plasmodium falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale, and P. vivax; chronic discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus in adults and acute and chronic rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie defended the use of Hydroxychloroquine on veterans for the coronavirus, insisting they were never used as “test subjects” but given the treatment only when medically appropriate. In a letter and call with major veterans organizations, Wilkie said the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine was being administered in government-run VA hospitals to virus-stricken patients only in conjunction with a physician’s advice. See Wilkie interview where explains further:

The Right Wire Report are not doctors, but neither is Sen. Chuck Schumer. There clearly has been a lot of work in studying the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine. The Right Wire Report can not make medical opinions of Hydroxychloroquine use – merely direct you to information. But this is the point. Is it not the decision on the use of the FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine remedy between the patient and the doctor? Why is Chuck Schumer getting in the middle of this decision? What happened to “my body, my decision?”

Schumer is clearly using politics to steer Coronavirus remedies. For what reason? Is he trying to make an already difficult situation with the Coronavirus more difficult – potential risking lives? Chuck Schumer is literal a dangerous man – shall we start a “Death Count Ticker on Medical Quackery?” Does Schumer want to take the medical tools away from your doctor in your time of need? Just who is the medical quack?

 RWR original article syndication source.

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As someone in the VA healthcare network, it is obvious to me that Sen. Schumer is talking from a position of absolute ignorance. I was able to question the director and executive medical staff at my VA hospital, and I specifically asked if hydrochloroquine was being used to treat patients at the hospital, and I was told it was used on a case by case basis only. Not all patients are being treated with a hydrochloroquine protocol.