I don't believe there's one of us here that has the medical training or knowledge to make any recommendations on hydroxychloroquine either for it or against it. The only thing I will say is I remember one of the Doctors who was at the NYU hospital earlier this year saying his 87 yr old father took it and he survived and he was crediting it to saving his life. Other Drs. don't really support it. I can tell you if I was in that situation and age and was healthy otherwise and it was offered I would certainly take it and I think a lot of us would!! JMHO
Larry, I agree with all of that. I don't know where it came from, perhaps a letter to the editor in the local newspaper, but I saw it in a text. One of our local CCU docs wrote a letter saying that HCQ did not work, they had tried it. And if it had worked they would still be using it. But, right off the bat, what do we know about
his statement that every one criticizes certain studies for? It is almost certain that was not a randomized, placebo controlled trial. It was more likely just his opinion from his clinical experience. Not that that experience is not valuable, and he might be right n his opinion. But apparently other people have a different opinion based on their clinical experience.
But the thing is: in ICU, he is almost certainly seeing patients late in the game. Most of what I have read indicates that, if effective at all, it is much more so early in the game, and that doc would not be prescribing it early in the game. OTOH, I have other doctor friends(anesthesiologists), working in high risk areas, working with the air way of covid patients they are intubating, who took it themselves early in the pandemic. Proves nothing of course, but none of them got it and the drug did not appear to hurt them. One of them told me the drug had a residual antiviral effect for some time period after you stopped taking it. I think he took it for 2 or 3 weeks?
So, Larry, I'm with you. If I(or my loved ones) get it, I am willing to take a chance on it and wish they would give me some early in the game. Especially if they won't give me IV vitamin C(which might be even harder to get). But preferably give me both. I do not require that any one else take it or approve of it, but I do wish my medical practitioners would give me the same stuff some of them took themselves.
You know, doctors use drugs off label all the time. If a drug approved for one thing helps their patients for something else, they prescribe it for that other thing. Believe me, it happens all the time. I don't recall ever seeing a drug, which had been safely prescribed probably thousands or millions of times world wide over a 50+ year period, suddenly banned, with pharmacists demanding to see diagnosis before they would approve a doctors prescript
ion. It seems mostly political to me, but I might be wrong.
Paul, PDL, do you have any thoughts on that, as a pharmacist?