MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)– U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is urging President Trump to allow patients the chance to try a drug initially invented to cure malaria but some now say could help people get over the coronavirus.
Johnson (R-WI) says he forwarded a letter with thousands of signatures to the president supporting the right to use hydroxychloroquine during COVID-19 treatment.
The president has shown enthusiasm for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, but physicians have warned it still needs to be studied to see if it works and if it’s safe.
According to the National Institutes of Health, a clinical trial to evaluate hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults hospitalized with coronavirus has already begun, with the first participants now enrolled in Tennessee.
But since there is no official guidance from the CDC or the FDA on using hydroxychloroquine, many medical professionals are reluctant to prescribe off-label use of hydroxychloroquine, Sen. Johnson says.