The Veterans Health Administration recently released the results of a study that determined using the drug hydroxychloroquine on patients who tested positive for COVID-19 did not see any benefits from the drug and may have actually caused them harm.
This flies in the face of every other study that has been done so far including proven results. That should speak for itself right there.
In this "study" researchers included data from 368 COVID-19 patients. 97 were treated with hydroxychloroquine, 113 were administered a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and 158 received “standard supportive management” for COVID-19. Here’s what they found:
The two primary outcomes analyzed in the study were death and the need for ventilation.
About 28 percent who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11 percent of those getting routine care alone.
About 22 percent of those getting the drug plus azithromycin died too, but the difference between that group and usual care was not considered large enough to rule out other factors that could have affected survival.
Hydroxychloroquine made no difference in the need for a breathing machine, either.
The researchers said, “In this study, we found no evidence that use of hydroxychloroquine, either with or without azithromycin, reduced the risk of mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalized with Covid-19. An association of increased overall mortality was identified in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. These findings highlight the importance of awaiting the results of ongoing prospective, randomized, controlled studies before widespread adoption of these drugs.”
Researchers did not track side effects but noted hints that hydroxychloroquine might have damaged other organs. The drug has long been known to have potentially serious side effects, including altering the heartbeat in a way that could lead to sudden death.
If it really didn't make any difference, how is it that one New York City doctor can boast of almost no hospitalizations for the great majority of his patients and only 2 deaths out of about 1000 patients?
Dr. Didier Raoult, who is the renowned French doctor who has been leading the treatment of patients with hydroxychloroquine has now seen over 1000 patients, and 98% of them saw improvement and survived the virus by combining it with azithromycin.
He dismissed the study for a number of reasons. Take a look at the video below.