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Fri Apr 24, 2020, 03:03 PM

AP FACT CHECK: Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

Source: Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

By HOPE YEN
April 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even farther than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it’s safe and that it has been effective for young and middle-aged veterans in particular.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert warning doctors against prescribing the drug for COVID-19 outside of hospitals and research settings because of the risks of serious side effects and death.

A look at Wilkie’s claims earlier in the week:

WILKIE, on a nationwide study finding that a malaria drug had no benefit for treating COVID-19 among veterans: “That’s an observational study. It’s not a clinical study. It was done on a small number of veterans. Sadly, those of whom were in the last stages of life. And the drug was given to them. And I have to also say that the drug — we know the drug has been working on middle-age and younger veterans ... working in stopping the progression of the disease.” — interview Wednesday on MSNBC.

THE FACTS: He mischaracterized the study’s findings as he delved into an area of speculation by amateurs that his own agency has called “inaccurate and irresponsible.”

Wilkie rejected a study that relies on his department’s own hospital data and finds no benefit from hydroxychloroquine. His claim that it helps younger or middle-aged veterans with COVID-19 is also unsubstantiated.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/fc2a431b4caa9609cbd1c6645b114cd5

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we can do it Apr 2020 #1
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 03:05 PM

1. Isn't he the asshole drunk who said drump was 230 pounds?

And in perfect health?

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Response to we can do it (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 03:08 PM

2. Think that was Jackson. But I could be mistaken.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 03:09 PM

4. I think you're right.

So many assholes, so little time.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 03:08 PM

3. Sounds to me like he got a call from King of the Kingdumb.

Maybe we can look forward to a report from him on the use of Clorox and UV lights used internally?

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