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MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine

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This past week Minnesota became the second state to reject regulations that effectively ban the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for use by COVID-19 patients.

The decision, which comes two weeks after the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reversed an effective ban of its own, was rightfully praised by local health care advocates. “We are pleased that Governor [Tim] Walz lifted his March 27 Executive Order 20-23 restrictions on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” said Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

The reversal by Walz, a first-term Democrat, clears the way for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria and other conditions but one the FDA has declined to recommend for COVID-19 treatment.

The decision is the latest development in the weird saga of arguably the most divisive drug in modern history. The acrimony began in March after President Trump tweeted that hydroxychloroquine had the potential to be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” as a treatment for the coronavirus.

The tweet and similar statements provoked an avalanche of media criticism, with many claiming that the president was going to get people killed. Critics pointed out that medical evidence suggests the medication is linked to a fatal arrhythmia and some trials show no benefits in coronavirus treatments.

Though his critics are likely loath to admit it, there’s reason to believe the president may have been on to something. In recent weeks a chorus of voices in the medical community has emerged to challenge the view that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective as a COVID treatment. Dr. Harvey A. Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said a full analysis of the literature suggests hydroxychloroquine may be the key to defeating the coronavirus.

“Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic,” Risch wrote in Newsweek, adding that a full review of the COVID literature on the drug shows “clear-cut and significant benefits.”

Prescribing hydroxychloroquine in the early stages of the virus is key, Risch said, and others agree. Steven Hatfill, a veteran virologist and adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University Medical Center, says the literature supporting hydroxychloroquine is overwhelming.

There are now 53 studies that show positive results of hydroxychloroquine in COVID infections,” Hatfill wrote in RealClearPolitics. “There are 14 global studies that show neutral or negative results -- and 10 of them were of patients in very late stages of COVID-19, where no antiviral drug can be expected to have much effect.”

One of the positive studies, published by Henry Ford Health System, was a large-scale retrospective of six hospitals. Analyzing 2,541 patients, it found that those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died at about half the rate of patients not treated with it.

It’s unclear if it was this research that prompted Walz to reverse his March ruling, which ordered the Board of Pharmacists to instruct pharmacists to not issue hydroxychloroquine prescriptions unless the diagnosis was “appropriate” -- which halted any off-label prescription requests.

MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine | RealClearPolitics

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I have to wonder how many people have died because the Left has blocked the use of hydroxychloroquine
 

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This past week Minnesota became the second state to reject regulations that effectively ban the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for use by COVID-19 patients.

The decision, which comes two weeks after the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reversed an effective ban of its own, was rightfully praised by local health care advocates. “We are pleased that Governor [Tim] Walz lifted his March 27 Executive Order 20-23 restrictions on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” said Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

The reversal by Walz, a first-term Democrat, clears the way for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria and other conditions but one the FDA has declined to recommend for COVID-19 treatment.

The decision is the latest development in the weird saga of arguably the most divisive drug in modern history. The acrimony began in March after President Trump tweeted that hydroxychloroquine had the potential to be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” as a treatment for the coronavirus.

The tweet and similar statements provoked an avalanche of media criticism, with many claiming that the president was going to get people killed. Critics pointed out that medical evidence suggests the medication is linked to a fatal arrhythmia and some trials show no benefits in coronavirus treatments.

Though his critics are likely loath to admit it, there’s reason to believe the president may have been on to something. In recent weeks a chorus of voices in the medical community has emerged to challenge the view that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective as a COVID treatment. Dr. Harvey A. Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said a full analysis of the literature suggests hydroxychloroquine may be the key to defeating the coronavirus.

“Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic,” Risch wrote in Newsweek, adding that a full review of the COVID literature on the drug shows “clear-cut and significant benefits.”

Prescribing hydroxychloroquine in the early stages of the virus is key, Risch said, and others agree. Steven Hatfill, a veteran virologist and adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University Medical Center, says the literature supporting hydroxychloroquine is overwhelming.

There are now 53 studies that show positive results of hydroxychloroquine in COVID infections,” Hatfill wrote in RealClearPolitics. “There are 14 global studies that show neutral or negative results -- and 10 of them were of patients in very late stages of COVID-19, where no antiviral drug can be expected to have much effect.”

One of the positive studies, published by Henry Ford Health System, was a large-scale retrospective of six hospitals. Analyzing 2,541 patients, it found that those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died at about half the rate of patients not treated with it.

It’s unclear if it was this research that prompted Walz to reverse his March ruling, which ordered the Board of Pharmacists to instruct pharmacists to not issue hydroxychloroquine prescriptions unless the diagnosis was “appropriate” -- which halted any off-label prescription requests.

MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine | RealClearPolitics

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I have to wonder how many people have died because the Left has blocked the use of hydroxychloroquine

If you consider that frequent use of Hydroxychoroquien would’ve saved 80K+ lives, the fact that probably over 50K excess murders have happened at least because of leftist depolicing and “justice reform” we have probably almost 150 thousand dead just because the left hates Donald Trump.

Now a quarter of young people have contemplated suicide because of the panic over Covid-19 the least dangerous pandemic in history,

It’s purely psychotic
 

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If you consider that frequent use of Hydroxychoroquien would’ve saved 80K+ lives, the fact that probably over 50K excess murders have happened at least because of leftist depolicing and “justice reform” we have probably almost 150 thousand dead just because the left hates Donald Trump.

Now a quarter of young people have contemplated suicide because of the panic over Covid-19 the least dangerous pandemic in history,

It’s purely psychotic

Where are you getting these numbers? There are only around 14K-18K murders per year in the whole country.
 

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Where are you getting these numbers? There are only around 14K-18K murders per year in the whole country.

If we doubled police and aggressively enforced gun possession laws with stop and frisk targeting the average murderer then murders would be non existent as people would leave guns at home.

10k murders a year can be prevented if cops did nothing but randomly search people with guns
 

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If we doubled police and aggressively enforced gun possession laws with stop and frisk targeting the average murderer then murders would be non existent as people would leave guns at home.

10k murders a year can be prevented if cops did nothing but randomly search people with guns

So your argument is: to own a gun you must sacrifice your Fourth Amendment rights?
 

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This past week Minnesota became the second state to reject regulations that effectively ban the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for use by COVID-19 patients.

The decision, which comes two weeks after the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reversed an effective ban of its own, was rightfully praised by local health care advocates. “We are pleased that Governor [Tim] Walz lifted his March 27 Executive Order 20-23 restrictions on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” said Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

The reversal by Walz, a first-term Democrat, clears the way for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria and other conditions but one the FDA has declined to recommend for COVID-19 treatment.....

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Though his critics are likely loath to admit it, there’s reason to believe the president may have been on to something. In recent weeks a chorus of voices in the medical community has emerged to challenge the view that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective as a COVID treatment. Dr. Harvey A. Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said a full analysis of the literature suggests hydroxychloroquine may be the key to defeating the coronavirus.

“Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic,” Risch wrote in Newsweek, adding that a full review of the COVID literature on the drug shows “clear-cut and significant benefits.”

Prescribing hydroxychloroquine in the early stages of the virus is key, Risch said, and others agree. Steven Hatfill, a veteran virologist and adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University Medical Center, says the literature supporting hydroxychloroquine is overwhelming.

There are now 53 studies that show positive results of hydroxychloroquine in COVID infections,” Hatfill wrote in RealClearPolitics. “There are 14 global studies that show neutral or negative results -- and 10 of them were of patients in very late stages of COVID-19, where no antiviral drug can be expected to have much effect.”

One of the positive studies, published by Henry Ford Health System, was a large-scale retrospective of six hospitals. Analyzing 2,541 patients, it found that those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died at about half the rate of patients not treated with it.

It’s unclear if it was this research that prompted Walz to reverse his March ruling, which ordered the Board of Pharmacists to instruct pharmacists to not issue hydroxychloroquine prescriptions unless the diagnosis was “appropriate” -- which halted any off-label prescription requests.

MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine | RealClearPolitics

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I have to wonder how many people have died because the Left has blocked the use of hydroxychloroquine

The Henry Ford Study touted in the article was flawed....so I can't help but wonder how many of the other 53 studies were flawed in the rush to be the first to find a cure for the coronavirus...or please Trump.


Fauci: Henry Ford Health's hydroxychloroquine study 'flawed'

Flawed “study” incorrectly claims that countries adopting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 experienced reduced mortality rates - Health Feedback

A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling | Science | AAAS

Leading Medical Journals Express Concerns Over Flaws In Studies On Malaria Drugs, Heart Medicine | Kaiser Health News

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/31/health/hydroxychloroquine-study-henry-ford-letters/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safe...oroquine-covid-19-outside-hospital-setting-or

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2016638

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2019014

https://www.who.int/emergencies/dis...IVTr7ACh2V1wxuEAAYASAAEgIaKvD_BwE#chloroquine

https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/08...uses-attention-and-the-fda-may-pay-the-price/
 

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So your argument is: to own a gun you must sacrifice your Fourth Amendment rights?

The fourth amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. Searching for guns when over 12 to 15 k people are criminally shot every year is not unreasonable
 

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The fourth amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. Searching for guns when over 12 to 15 k people are criminally shot every year is not unreasonable

Yes it is. More than 30k people are killed in vehicles every year. Should that give law enforcement carte blanche to search your vehicle at any time for any reason?
 

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The FDA is a wholly owned subsidiary of big pharma

I think so, too. But still, if they approve a drug that isn't safe...they lose credibility and big pharma gets a class action lawsuits.
 

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Yes it is. More than 30k people are killed in vehicles every year. Should that give law enforcement carte blanche to search your vehicle at any time for any reason?

I think allowing pullovers to check your license and breath test you on a hunch is fine
 

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I think so, too. But still, if they approve a drug that isn't safe...they lose credibility and big pharma gets a class action lawsuits.


HQQ is very safe.
 

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I think allowing pullovers to check your license and breath test you on a hunch is fine

Police can ask to see the ccw license of a person carrying a gun on a hunch as well. They just can't search them on a hunch for the same reason you don't want the police to search your car for no other reason than you are driving it.
 
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