Vice President Mike Pence is not taking hydroxychloroquine, he revealed Tuesday.
“My physician has not recommended that but I wouldnt hesitate to take the counsel of my doctor, any American should do likewise,” Pence said during an interview with Fox News.
“I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician,” he added.
Hydroxychloroquine was approved decades ago for treatment of malaria, Pence noted. Any medicine approved for one ailment can be prescribed by doctors for another in whats known as off-label use.
Pences disclosure came one day after President Donald Trump told reporters hes been taking the drug for two weeks.
“A lot of good things have come out. Youd be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers,” Trump said.
The president said hed heard “a lot of good stories” and believes its good to consume the medicine, in combination with zinc, as a prophylactic against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
A recent study conducted by New York Universitys School of Medicine found that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc has been effective in some patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Indian health authorities in March recommended healthcare workers take the drug as a way to prevent infection and a number of countries, including Turkey, have been liberally distributing the medicine to COVID-19 patients.
Critics say there are no rigorous clinical trials proving the efficacy of the drug in preventing the CCP virus or treating COVID-19. They pointRead More From Source