Skip to comments.Is Big Pharma behind the great war on Hydroxychloroquine? Gilead's Remdesivir is getting a lot of praise from the NIH, while the much cheaper Hydroxychloroquine is getting a cold reception
Posted on 05/05/2020 8:59:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
When President Trump brought up hydroxychloroquine as a promising potential treatment for COVID-19, a huge upsurge of negative political publicity followed from it. It was strange stuff, because up until then, the treatment, which had been safely used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis, had been seeing promising results for COVID-19, too. Yet the condemnations from all sides poured for weeks. It wasn't just the political establishment blasting it; it seemed to be the medical establishment, too. That raises questions as to whether financial interests might be involved here.
It started with the press engaging in its customary contrarianism against Trump when he called the treatment "promising." The logic was simple: If Trump liked it, then it had to be bad.
How's this for a slanted headline and report from NPR, which ran on April 10?
COVID-19 Patients Given Unproven Drug In Texas Nursing Home In 'Disconcerting' Move
Last night, the real story was obtained by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, and it's quite a different picture. It isn't out on YouTube yet, so I will describe it:
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
A Galveston-area doctor, Dr. Robin Armstrong, who was in charge of a nursing home, found himself in the middle of the worst health care nightmare anyone can imagine: a COVID-19 outbreak, on a home full of elderly people, and he was in charge. Odds were big they were going to die. We already know what the coronavirus did to a nursing home in Washington State, and we have subsequently learned what inserting COVID-19 patients into unwilling nursing homes in New York City did to those populations. Coronavirus + Nursing Home = Death Sentence. That was what he was looking at.
In desperation, the Texas doctor decided to treat his threatened patients with hydroxychloroquine in a last-ditch effort to save them...and he called it right. Unlike those other places, his patients got well. His informed judgment saved the lives of a building full of nursing home patients, and he reported no bad side-effects such as heart problems brought on by the treatment. He would have been justified to take such risks because his treatment was triage, and the alternative was the death sentence. But there wasn't even that. His patients lived, they regained their fragile health, and there were no stacked bodies or chaotic medical scenes in his part of Texas on his watch.
That's frankly a story of heroism, and the brilliant medical man should be celebrated for the huge number of lives he saved.
Instead, all he got were trashy stories with scare headlines like NPR's, painting him as some kind of evildoer. Bad medicine, unproven treatment, everybody get scared.
No good deed goes unpunished.
I reviewed the scientific literature on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), azithromycin (AZ), and their use for COVID-19. My conclusions:
- HCQ-based treatments are effective in treating COVID-19, unless started too late.
- Studies, cited in opposition, have been misinterpreted, invalid, or worse.
- HCQ and AZ are some of the most tested and safest prescription drugs.
- Severe COVID-19 frequently causes cardiac effects, including heart arrhythmia. QTc prolonging drugs might amplify this tendency. Millions of people regularly take drugs having strong QTc prolongation effect, and neither FDA nor CDC bother to warn them. HCQ+AZ combination, probably has a mild QTc prolongation effect. Concerns over its negative effects, however minor, can be addressed by respecting contra-indications.
- Effectiveness of HCQ-based treatment for COVID-19 is hampered by conditions that are presented as precautions, delaying the onset of treatment. For examples, some states require that COVID-19 patients be treated with HCQ exclusively in hospital settings.
- The COVID-19 Treatment Panel of NIH evaded disclosure of the massive financial links of its members to Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of a competing drug remdesivir. Among those who failed to disclose such links are 2 out of 3 of its co-chairs.
- Despite all the attempts by certain authorities to prevent COVID-19 treatment with HCQ and HCQ+AZ, both components are approved by FDA, and doctors can prescribe them for COVID-19.
By the time the National Institutes of Health issued its non-recommendation of HCQ, questions were being raised as to whether this was really about just hating Trump. I wrote about that here.
Because along with the NIH's non-recommendation for HCQ (which wasn't as bad as the press touted, but enough for a round of negative media stories), there also was an enthusiastic NIH recommendation in late April for Gilead's Remdesivir, same company the NIH directors had a lot of conflicts of interest in.
Take that, Trump! Except that Trump issued high praise for that drug too, and that didn't set off a barrage of negative press stories the way HCQ did.
> “Is Big Pharma behind the great war on Hydroxychloroquine?”
I’ve read China may own the patent to Remdesivir.
MEANWHILE, WE HAVE SOMETHING INTERESTING GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND -— LOBBYING !!
See here from NPR:
TITLE: Gilead Lobbying Rose As Interest In COVID-19 Treatment Climbed
Gilead Sciences, the drugmaker behind the experimental COVID-19 treatment remdesivir, spent more on lobbying Congress and the administration in the first quarter of 2020 than it ever has before, according to federal filings.
The pharmaceutical company spent $2.45 million on lobbying in the first three months of the year, a 32% increase over the $1.86 million it spent in the first quarter of 2019.
YES AND WALL ST.
AND OF COURSE BILL GATES AND HIS UNHOLY ALLIANCE WITH GEORGE SOROS.
Enthusiasm for remsdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19 has escalated since the NIH announcement of results. But as I wrote yesterday, the data for the NIH study has not been publicly released or peer reviewed, meaning that we should continue to exercise extreme caution when considering its use against COVID-19.
Which if he's right, would make NIH look pretty conflicted of interest indeed.
Does that stuff go on? One company strives to badmouth one medically developed treatment so that its own expensively developed own treatment might be used instead?
The answer is yes and you should watch this video to understand why:
resimiver makes the virus heal only 33% faster in some cases- HCQ 66% faster- with a supposed 91% success rate Remdesivir when it was tested awhile back showed no effect- none- zero- HCQ is showing a stunning success when given early-
The answer to this is a resounding, YES. In fact, this has been obvious to anyone paying any attention at all.
The old axiom, follow the money, is 100% applicable in this case. There is no money to be made in the HCQ/Azithromycin/Zinc remedy. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that HCQ is not just an effective cure, it is also an effective prophylactic. This too has been attacked. Viciously.
There is a fortune to be made in a new, patented, expensive alternative drug. Plain and simple.
I suspect that big pharma undermines a lot of nutritional supplements because the supplements work well against many health issues, and they compete with pharama’s pricey products.
Yes, as is Fauci. He most likely has a big payday in Remdesivir as well.
Thank you for linking this. I posted Dr. Judy six weeks back when she did an hour on You Are Free TV where she showed her enormous knowledge and experience.
But this production was something that would touch the heart of my 92 year old mother and so it will have much more widespread appeal.
I will circulate the link widely. Thank you again.
> Is Big Pharma behind the great war on Hydroxychloroquine?
And you would be correct. There is also an ongoing battle against compounded bio identical hormones for similar reasons. They are not “pharmaceutical”...they are natural.
PlanDemic, a film about the global plan to take control of our lives, liberty, health & freedom...
Excellent vid interview of former govt bio lab doc who blew the whistle on Fauxchi and his AIDS sham (was arrested/jailed), and is now sounding the alarm about COVID, patents, etc.
Watch before YT takes is down. Has only been posted since yesterday and already has over 1.2M views.
I can affirm this is true. There’s an organized harassment of bio-identical hormone compound pharmacies.
I watched AND I WILL RECORD IT!
That was Dr. Judy Mikovits. She is brilliant among the brilliant!
But this film tones down her tech knowledge and brings out the courage of her character. The human story the film develops is something my 92-year old mother could follow and relate to. That means tens of millions will watch it and get what’s going on.
A $30 proven course for a cure Vs. $1,000 a pill experimental treatment. Do the math.
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