Hydroxychloroquine is an anti malarial drug which is also used for lupus and other autoimmune diseases. This particular medication has been one of the favourites of President Trump since scientists thought of it to be a potential treatment for COVID 19. Though the studies suggest very little improvement President trump has been pressing for this drug on multiple events. Once he tweeted in favour of the drug without any medical approval. Later he was said to have pressurised many researcher and doctors to get it approved.
“You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers, many, many are taking it,” he told reporters. “I happen to be taking it.” He believes that the one study which suggests severe side-effects was done on people already in a bad condition. Besides he says many frontline workers are taking the drug as a preventive measure and he was given green flag for the medicine by a white house doctor.
FDA though has advised against the use of drug outside the hospital. “I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy, and I say…what do you have to lose?” the president told reporters. “At some point, I’ll stop.”
Currently scientists has found Remdesivir a drug that was created for Ebola outbreak as a potential and promising treatment for severely affected populations by COVID-19 , though this drug is under studies and it is administered by IV only in hospitals but the results are positive for now with minimal side-effects.