According to a report from ABC, a Los Angeles doctor has reported significant success in using hydroxychloroquine with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms.

Dr. Anthony Cardillo said, “Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,”

“So clinically I am seeing a resolution.” He explained.

Cardillo is the CEO of Mend Urgent Care, and said he found that it only works when combined with zinc. According to Cardillo, hydroxychloroquine ones a channel for the zinc to enter the cell and block replication of the virus.

“We have to be cautious and mindful that we don’t prescribe it for patients who have COVID who are well,” Cardillo said. “It should be reserved for people who are really sick, in the hospital or at home very sick, who need that medication. Otherwise we’re going to blow through our supply for patients that take it regularly for other disease processes.”

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Chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, has been approved to treat and prevent malaria since 1944. Because the drug is on the market, doctors can use it for off-label purposes.



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Experts are also concerned about potential misuse. A man in Arizona died after taking a similar drug, chloroquine phosphate, in an apparent attempt to self-medicate. The man did not take the pharmaceutical version of the drug, but a version used at aquariums to clean fish tanks.

The FDA advises against taking any form of chloroquine unless prescribed by a doctor and obtained from a legitimate source.

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Another drug that has shown some potential for treating COVID-19 is remdesivir, a drug that was initially developed as a potential treatment for Ebola. A Palo Alto woman was accepted into a clinical trial for remdesivir and said it was effective in improving her condition.

According to Fox News, the same media outlets that once mocked President Trump for encouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine on March 19 are now acknowledging that the drug, which has been approved for emergency use by the FDA, could be useful.

The New York Times reported this week that “Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study,” and “A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed.”

Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, went from threatening doctors who prescribed the drug with “administrative action” to requesting that the federal government ship her state some.

Steve Sisolak, governor of Nevada had a similar reaction.

“Now, a drug called chloroquine, and some people would add to it, hydroxychloroquine, so chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine … [has] shown very encouraging, very, very encouraging early results.” President Trump said back on March 19.

The president noted that the drug may not “go as planned” and that more testing was needed, but that “we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately.”

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