GOP senators demand answers about FDA’s war on hydroxychloroquine, by Colin Freiburger

How many lives might have been saved if hydroxychloroquine had been more available and widely used? From Colin Freiburger at lifesitenews.com:

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Three Republican senators sent a letter to U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Alex Azar this month demanding an explanation as to why the agency revoked its approval of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a drug that has shown promise in treating COVID-19.

HCQ has long been approved for use in treating malaria, arthritis, and certain autoimmune conditions, but its potential applications to COVID-19 became a political lightning rod after President Donald Trump first called attention to early studies indicating its potential. The FDA initially issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allowing it to be distributed from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) but revoked that authorization in June, claiming “new information” indicated the potential dangers outweighed any potential effectiveness.

“We have heard from licensed physicians” who have detailed “how this decision has affected their ability to treat patients” and “led to misinformation and confusion across the country,” read the August 18 letter by Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ted Cruz of Texas. Some states, the letter warned, have used the FDA’s decision as justification to ban doctors from prescribing HCQ off-label with patients’ informed consent, which was a “longstanding and established authority” they previously enjoyed.

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