Hydroxychloroquine (also called Plaquenil) is a drug that is used to treat malaria, and also to relieve rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I know it’s been around for a long time, because it was prescribed for me almost fifty years ago to treat my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis of the tendons.
Recent trials have tentatively shown that hydroxychloroquine is effective against the Wuhan Coronavirus. Since it is a long-established drug, it can be immediately prescribed for “off-label” use against the disease.
A few days ago a major hospital in France had its stocks of hydroxychloroquine pilfered by persons unknown. Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||You agree with Dominic that we have ten to fifteen days. —It’s going to last longer.|
|00:05||I just want to say a word because people don’t know a lot about hydroxychloroquine,|
|00:10||that this drug, even though the data is preliminary, the data from China is solid,|
|00:15||the data from France is preliminary. It’s the only drug today that is available for|
|00:20||those who are sick. Unfortunately, the central hospital pharmacy announced today that|
|00:25||it’s totally out of stock, that the stocks have been looted. It’s lamentable, and it’s been looted.|
|00:31||Yes? —Yes, yes, the cupboards were looted, the same ones we received today.|
|00:36||Where was it stolen? —Yes, I don’t know, from different hospital pharmacy stocks.|
|00:42||And unfortunately… —You said this drug works? —Yes, it is working, the preliminaries show|
|00:48||it’s encouraging, that it probably is. I’m very cautious because there’s not a lot of calm|
|00:52||at the moment. Data from virological studies have shown that this is true. Chinese authorities|
|00:56||have communicated that they have had confirmation from Chinese experts.|
|01:01||I’m not saying it’s the miracle drug, but they have announced some super antiviral drugs|
|01:09||which we were told didn’t work, others that have come the pharmaceutical companies,|
|01:14||but we can’t have them today. There’s nothing else.