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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “NY Health Officials Studying Anti-Malarial Drug Touted by Trump as Coronavirus Treatment | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
New York’s health department has treated “4,000 patients to date” with doses of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug promoted by President Trump, to study its effectiveness against coronavirus, officials said.
Officials told the New York Post that DOH has shipped doses of hydroxychloroquine to 56 hospitals across New York, with patients receiving doses over durations of either four- or 10-day regimens.
The University of Albany’s School of Public Health is observing the drug’s impact on the patients, with preliminary results weeks away. “Time is of the essence,’’ Albany’s public health dean, David Holtgrave, said in a statement. Holtgrave is on the state’s research team.
New York University’s Langone Medical School is conducting its own random trial to see if the drug has preventive characteristics, and is using 2,000 volunteers that have been exposed to someone who have a confirmed or pending coronavirus diagnosis.
“If everything goes as planned, the eight-week trial could provide answers by summer on whether a preventive dose of the drug is safe and effective,’’ NYU Langone said in a press release. “If so, the strategy could give health officials a much needed boost in slowing person-to-person transmission.”
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