U.S. President Donald Trump said he will stop taking the medicine for malaria, which is used as a prophylaxis for coronavirus infection. It is reported by The Hill.
Over the past few days, a wave of criticism and skepticism has struck Trump after his statement that he was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus. In an interview with reporters, the American leader promised to stop taking the medicine. вЂњIn my opinion, the course of treatment ends in two days. I think this will happen in two days, вЂќTrump said during a meeting with the governors of Arkansas and Kansas.
White House spokeswoman Kaylee Mackenani told CBN News that the drug was prescribed to Trump by White House physician Sean Conley after they discussed its effectiveness. However, the Trump administration did not provide any information about the dosage or schedule for taking the medicine. The lack of information has generated skepticism as to whether the head of the White House is really taking hydroxychloroquine.
The methods of the US president have been criticized by many prominent American politicians. So, a likely Democratic candidate in the US presidential election, Joe Biden, criticized Trump, calling his actions "absolutely insane." Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi also expressed her fears about Trump taking the medicine, saying that a person of his age and weight category - вЂњobeseвЂќ - should not do this. The leader of a democratic minority in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, condemned the actions of the head of the White House, saying that he gives people false hope in connection with taking the drug.
Trump has often advertised hydroxychloroquine as an anti-coronavirus drug after some initial studies in Europe showed positive results in treating patients taking the drug. Despite this, further trials of the drug cast doubt on its effectiveness and raise concerns about side effects.
In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that an antimalarial drug should not be taken outside the hospital, without medical supervision or clinical trials, because of the risk of serious problems with the cardiovascular system.