One dead after self-medicating with drug praised by President Trump
The woman who asked to remain anonymous told NBC News that she recognized the name of the drug because she'd used it previously to treat her koi fish. The couple made a decision to mix a small amount of the chloroquine phosphate into a liquid and drink it.
The man died from cardiac arrest and his wife was initially listed in critical condition, according to hospital officials, who said Monday that the woman had been upgraded to stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery.
"It's disgraceful, is what it is", said Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, which started getting calls and emails Saturday from members saying they were receiving questionable prescriptions. Hydroxychloroquine is also approved to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The couple in their 60s watched the briefing after which the man's wife recalled that chloroquine was an ingredient in a product they had used to clean their aquarium.
Trump also shared an article with his millions of followers from the New York Post about a man with a confirmed case of COVID-19 claiming hydroxychloroquine "cured him".
A man has died in the United States after reportedly taking a drug he mistook for one President Donald Trump has been touting as a treatment for coronavirus. It is a new disease and drug development takes many years, so doctors are using re-purposed drugs on coronavirus patients in the hope that they work.
"The nice part is, it's been around for a long time so we know if things don't go as planned, it's not going to kill anybody", Trump said about hydroxychloroquine.
"It's shown very encouraging - very, very encouraging early results", Trump said last week of the drug.
Nevada's governor has signed an emergency regulation limiting the use of two anti-malaria drugs to treat coronavirus patients, the same medication that President Donald Trump has touted as possible treatments.
In a press conference last week, he said the drug, which the FDA has not yet approved for treating COVID-19, "could be a game changer". The FDA chief clarified the drug still needs to be tested for that use, but Trump overstated the drug's potential upside in containing the virus, according to the AP.
The interest in chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine is serious enough that the World Health Organization has identified them as one of four potential therapies to include in a global trial known as Solidarity, along with three other potential drug therapies.
Brooks urged the medical community to not prescribe chloroquine medication to any nonhospitalized patients.
Chinese doctors who treated COVID-19 patients with chloroquine "had clinical and virologic benefit versus a comparison group, and chloroquine was added as a recommended antiviral for treatment of COVID-19 in China".