WH Physician Asserts Hydroxychloroquine Benefits Outweigh Risks

© REUTERS / LEAH MILLISU.S. President Donald Trump talks about taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine pills as Vice President Mike Pence and Restaurant Brands International CEO Jose Cil listen during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic meeting with restaurant executives and industry leaders in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 18, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump talks about taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine pills as Vice President Mike Pence and Restaurant Brands International CEO Jose Cil listen during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic meeting with restaurant executives and industry leaders in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 18, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Earlier, US President Donald Trump confirmed during a White House roundtable that he has been taking doses of hydroxychloroquine "for a couple of weeks" as a preventive measure against the coronavirus.

The Presidential physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, released a statement detailing that he and POTUS decided that the benefits of using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment against COVID-19 outweighs the "relative risks". 

"After numerous discussion he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks", the statement reads.

Conley in his statement noted that he would continue to monitor "the myriad studies" that investigate potential COVID-19 treatments. 

Earlier in April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using hydroxychloroquine outside of hospitals could lead to heart problems.

​The statement followed Trump admitting during his roundtable that he takes doses of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, noting that he had heard "good stories" about the drug. Trump also stressed that he has consistently tested negative for COVID-19 and has no symptoms caused by the medication.

Hydroxychloroquine is primarily an anti-malarial drug, and was praised by the US president and several epidemiologists as a possible effective way to combat COVID-19, when taken in combination with zinc and azythromycin, a medical assertion that has not been proven through clinical trials.

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