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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Great HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE Headfake: A Miracle or Snake Oil?

My ears perked up when I heard the President promoting
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE as "one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine."

That's when, Remdesivir, the REAL game changer in the COVID-19 epidemic took a left turn.

Compassionate use trials of Remdesivir were proceeding with great promise. But the drug maker, Gilead, wanted to keep a low profile until there was something more conclusive to report. It's because Gilead is the same company that has miraculously has come up for cures for every major epidemic of the 21st Century.

And most of that happened the drugs developed when Donald Rumsfeld who was CEO of Gilead, started rolling out when he became Secretary of Defense under George Bush.

Bird Flu: President Bush instilled panic in this country by telling us a minimum of 200,000 people will die from the avian flu pandemic, but it could be as bad as 2 million deaths in this country alone.

That hoax was then used to justify the immediate purchase of $2 billion worth of Tamiflu. When it leaked out, the Pentagon issued a curt statement to the effect that Secretary Rumsfeld had decided not to sell but to retain his stock in Gilead, claiming that to sell would have indicated something to hide.' That agonizing decision won him reported added millions as the Gilead share price soared more than 700% in weeks.

HIV: Gilead, which is valued at more than $100 billion, has also repeatedly come under fire for its pricing. Although its preventative HIV drug Truvada costs only $6 to manufacture, it costs almost $2,000 a month in the U.S — out of reach for many people who could use it to avoid infection.

“Gilead is notorious for price gouging,” said Rizvi. “Gilead holds the key to bringing down and ending both HIV and hep C epidemics, and in both cases, prices have played a real factor in our inability to stop both epidemics. And that’s terrifying.”

Joseph Grogan, who has led the Trump administration’s efforts on drug pricing in addition to serving on the White House coronavirus task force, served as head of federal affairs for Gilead from 2011 to 2017, while it was setting prices for both drugs.

So on March 19, 2020 when President Trump stunned Gilead executives coming to the podium and announcing "the malaria drug chloroquine and the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir are possible COVID-19 therapies and could slow the epidemic."

Gilead never studied it with Hyroxychloroquine, so where did Trump come up with that?

Then Bernie Sanders tweeted that Trump had bestowed Gilead a 7-year exclusive patent.

Gilead immediately took their drug off trial citing side effects that needed further study. And backed off the monopoly claim for promising a coronavirus cure.

So on March 26, 2020, President Trump substituted another drug for Remdesivir and no one noticed. They didn't but I did.  He tweeted "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.” 

Then on April 6, 2020, he changed the prescription again: "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & azithromycin and zinc — "they say zinc — you should add zinc. I want to throw that out there because that’s where they seem to be having the best result.  So you add the zinc and the azithromycin, we’ve had a lot of good stories."

Based on this and everyone's fear of being called out in a tweet, the FDA fast-tracked what was marketed as approval for HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. But it wasn't approval. And it came with a lot of fine print. They wrote:

-- It may be as long as 12 weeks before you notice the benefits.
-- Before starting on hydroxychloroquine your doctor may take a blood test to check that your liver and kidneys are working normally, but you won't need any regular blood tests during the treatment.
Your doctor will ask you about any problems with your eyesight and may suggest you have a vision test. 
-- The chloroquine phosphate may only be used to treat adult and adolescent patients who weigh 50 kg or more and are hospitalized with COVID-19, for whom a clinical trial is not available, or participation is not feasible.
-- The product is authorized to be accompanied by the following product-specific information pertaining to emergency use, which is required to be made available to healthcare providers and patients respectively:
--  They need to know if you have any of these conditions: (most of which the most severe cases of COVID come with as preexisting conditions)


eye disease, vision problems

G6PD deficiency

history of blood diseases

history of irregular heartbeat

if you often drink alcohol

kidney disease

liver disease




an unusual or allergic reaction to chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

pregnant or trying to get pregnant


-- Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications: (most sever cases of COVID patentees are already on one or more of these)




live virus vaccines










medicines for diabetes, like insulin, glipizide, glyburide

medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin



other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)


Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

changes in vision

decreased hearing or ringing of the ears

redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth


sensitivity to light

-- signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; breathing problems

-- signs and symptoms of liver injury like dark yellow or brown urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; loss of appetite; nausea; right upper belly pain; unusually weak or tired; yellowing of the eyes or skin

-- signs and symptoms of low blood sugar such as feeling anxious; confusion; dizziness; increased hunger; unusually weak or tired; sweating; shakiness; cold; irritable; headache; blurred vision; fast heartbeat; loss of consciousness

-- uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements

-- Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):




hair loss



loss of appetite

nausea, vomiting

stomach pain

Note in the FDA authorization:

"There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19. Current clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated. Interim guidelines for the medical management of COVID-19 will be provided soon by the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel. However, medical products authorized under an EUA qualify as countermeasures (e.g., vaccines, drugs, devices) covered under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which provides immunity from tort liability, if the medical products are specified in the PREP Act declaration. Medical products used pursuant to an EUA must be used and administered according to the terms of the EUA and included in the PREP Act declaration for PREP Act coverage to arise."

Now that evidence has shown this to be snake oil, you don't hear President Trump mention hydroxychloroquine. Because while you were figuring out how he was making money on that, and were distracted with it, he and his allies were quietly buying up Gilead shares on the cheap before the news broke last week that Remdesivir is an effective treatment for COVID.

That's the headfake.

And now this just in:

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