The problem with Hydroxychloroquine is that there is no profit to be made from this off-patent drug.
Hydroxychloroquine had been used safely for 65 years in millions of patients. Big Pharma didn’t like it. And so the message was crafted that the drug is safe for its other uses, but dangerous when used for COVID-19.
Mainstream media fell in line with heavily lobbied politicans to obediently follow Big Pharma’s orders. Suddenly, informed and courageous doctors and medical publications decided to come forward with truth.
Even the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine andThe Lancet, despite monumental pressure from pharmaceutical companies, recanted their original articles against hydroxychloroquine.
In May 2020, Philippe Douste-Blazy, MD was among the first to explain. Particularly troublesome for Big Pharma, was that the respected cardiologist and former French Health Minister had served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. He was a candidate in 2017 for Director of the World Health Organization.
In a videotaped interview on May 24, 2020, Dr. Douste-Blazy revealed that at a recent Chatham House top secret, closed door meeting attended by experts only, the editors of both those prestigious medical publications used the word “criminal” to describe the erosion of science by Big Pharma.
He quoted Dr. Richard Horton who bemoaned the stated the dangers of this liberal science:
“If this continues, we are not going to be able to publish any more clinical research data because pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful; they are able to pressure us to accept papers that are apparently methodologically perfect, but their conclusion is what pharmaceutical companies want.”
Reports from independent journalists differed from the propaganda of mainstream media and pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Douste-Blazy came out in support of the combination treatment of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin (AZ) for Covid-19 recommended by Dr. Didier Raoult in April, 2020.
Dr. Douste-Blazy started a petition that has been signed by over 500,000 French doctors and citizens urging French government officials to permit physicians to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients early, before they require intensive care.
The issue became so highly politicized; the left-leaning politicians and public health officials were adamantly against the use of HCQ.
The journal SCIENCE described the response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Marseille to meet Dr. Raoult who prescribed the combination drug regimen and documented their effectiveness.
Public health officials, academic physicians and the media – all of who are financially indebted to pharmaceutical companies and their high profit marketing objectives – vehemently opposed the use of HCQ, and use every opportunity to disparage the drug by scornfully referring to President Donald J.Trump as its booster.
In April, 2020, Dr. Stella Immanuel wrote a piece in Physician Outlook in which she promoted the use of HCQ and questioned why its use had been discouraged. She wrote, “For political reasons, licensed physicians will take to the media to scare the public from taking something that could potentially help them.”
A complaint was allegedly filed against her in Texas because she had a 100% success rate curing hundreds of COVID patients with HCQ. She was cleared of no wrong doings.
In comes Anthony Fauci, the bureaucrat politician doctor who does not treat patients, reiterating the evils against HCQ.
To the dismay of the Big Pharma, their operatives (including politicians and media), the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) stepped in.
With the motto, “is omnia pro aegroto,” meaning everything for the patient, AAPS has a long prestigious history (since 1943) of honoring the Hippocratic Oath.
They began submitting substantial evidence in federal court for why interference with HCQ should end by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
“As confirmed by another recent study of thousands of patients at the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, HCQ is both very safe and highly effective in treating COVID-19, reducing mortality by 50%,” AAPS informed the court in one of their filings.
“Countries with underdeveloped health care systems are using HCQ early and attaining far lower mortality than in the United States, where [HHS and the FDA] impede access to HCQ.”
In retrospect, we now know Americans were dying from COVID-19 while HCQ was withheld from them.
“Citizens of the Philippines, Poland, Israel, and Turkey all have greater access to HCQ than American citizens do,” observed AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly.
“In Venezuela, HCQ is available over the counter without a prescription, while in the United States pharmacists are prevented from filling prescriptions for HCQ.”
AAPS rebutted FDA arguments implying that medications are approved as safe only for certain conditions. In reality HCQ and most medications have been approved without limitation, such that physicians can prescribe them for any off-label use.
“The mortality rate from COVID-19 in countries that allow access to HCQ is only one-tenth the mortality rate in countries where there is interference with this medication, such as the United States,” explained Andrew Schlafly.
Polish chemists even showed the world how to synthesize HCQ from inexpensive, widely available ingredients. The cost of this medication is less than a dollar a dose, in contrast with the very expensive alternatives pushed by FDA officials.
In its filing, the FDA insisted that the public has no right to access nearly 100 million doses of HCQ which were donated to the Strategic National Stockpile. HHS was having that medication waste away while Americans were dying from the China Virus.
“In some areas of Central America, officials are even going door to door to distribute HCQ,” Schlafly added.
“These countries have been successful in limiting the mortality from COVID-19 to only a fraction of what it is in wealthier countries.”