More than 1,300 Veterans Given Hydroxychloroquine for COV-19
Hydroxychloroquine has been widely praised as a treatment by President Trump, who has admitted that he has taken it as a prophylaxis to prevent infection. ~(TLB) ed.
Roughly 1,300 patients at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities have received hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 since late March, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, this week, Wilkie said that, between Feb. 1 and April 23, the VA purchased more than 6.3 million tablets of the antimalarial drug, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late March on an emergency use basis to treat the novel coronavirus.
Hydroxychloroquine is normally used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and the VA dispenses roughly 1 million pills of it a month for those conditions, according to Wilkie.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill, on Nov. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)
Schumer said he and several veterans groups have concerns about the use of the medication on VA patients, many of whom are older and have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to the drug’s most severe side effect, a disruption of regular heart rhythms.
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