Skip to comments.Senator Schumer To VA: Why Are You Using An Unproven Drug, Hydroxychloroquine On Vets With COVID-19?
Posted on 05/10/2020 11:30:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Senates top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk.
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said the VA needs to provide Congress more information about a recent bulk order for $208,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine. President Donald Trump has heavily promoted the malaria drug, without evidence, as a treatment for COVID-19.
Schumer's request comes after a whistleblower complaint filed this past week by former Health and Human Services official Rick Bright alleged that the Trump administration, eager for a quick fix to the onslaught of coronavirus, wanted to flood hot spots in New York and New Jersey with the drug. Major veterans organizations have urged VA to explain under what circumstances VA doctors initiate discussion of hydroxychloroquine with veterans as a treatment option.
There are concerns that they are using this drug when the medical evidence says it doesnt help and could hurt, Schumer said in an interview with The Associated Press.
He said given the fact the malaria drug, despite being untested, had been repeatedly pushed publicly by Trump, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie must address whether anyone at the department was pressured by the White House or the administration to use hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.
Schumer said Wilkie also should answer questions about a recent analysis of VA hospital data that showed there were more deaths among patients given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, including how much patients knew about the drugs risks before taking it.
Wilkie in recent weeks has denied that veterans were used as test subjects for the drug and that it was instead administered at government-run VA hospitals only when medically appropriate, with mutual consent between doctor and patient.
(Excerpt) Read more at wbez.org ...
Guess we know where he’s got some investments...
Maybe because the patients have the right to discuss it with their doctors, and choose?
Their body their choice?
Schumer already has this drug in his medicine cabinet..probably takes it to prevent his sorry behind from getting the virus, but he doesn’t want anyone else getting it..Good God what a total jacka@@
AP makes another accusation, “without evidence” that the drug doesn’t work
Aspirin might help with their headaches and fever.
Is that ALSO considered Using An Unproven Drug On Vets With COVID-19 you frigging TOOL schumer?
Me to Schumer: Why are you still in this country, F’n traitor?
I got the virus and was hospitalized.....I was hours away from moving to the ICU when they gave me HCQ. I left the hospital 4 days later virus free and after a week back to work. Politicians are NOT Doctors and should not play them on TV.
Okay, now schmuckie is trying to kill vets outright. Is there no end to the harm he does to our republic?
What drugs have proven to be effective against the coronavirus?
Schumer, and Schiff. What a pair! They deserve each other.
Are you a doctor, Senator Schumer? It takes treating physicians to prescribe this medication, you know, and apparently they prescribed it to their patients believing it would be helpful to treat or cure an ailment.
[[There are concerns that they are using this drug when the medical evidence says it doesnt help and could hurt, Schumer said]]
The only reason why schmuckie is saying that, is that DJT mentioned it as a possible treatment.
[[Aspirin might help with their headaches and fever.]]
Not to mention aspirin can cause internal bleeding leading to death
Was it a doctor that prescribed the medication to you thinking it would help you, or did they do it because the President told them to? Because apparently from what the Democrats want us to believe, doctors don’t prescribe medications based on their own knowledge and experience - they wait to hear from the President about how to best treat their patients.
Wow...glad you got the cure!
You don’t have to have a genius IQ to figure out that the Dims don’t want a quick Chicomm virus recovery or, for that matter, a quick economic recovery.
They think both will lessen the chance of defeating President Trump in November.
I'm surprised he didn't have evidence. I would have thought the many, many testimonials from hospitals, physicians, and recovered patients would constitute "evidence."
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.