An international survey of 6,000 doctors from at least 30 countries reveals that hydroxychloroquine is the most highly rated treatment for COVID-19.
Until medical scientists and researchers are able to develop a vaccine or a potential cure, physicians on the front lines say that hydroxychloroquine is the most effective therapy.
President Trump has been under fire from Democrats and their allies in the media for claiming that the anti-malaria drug could help fight the novel coronavirus.
The president was even accused of providing "false hope" to America for touting the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine.
However, if the doctors who are actually prescribing it to their patients have anything to say about it, hydroxychloroquine is the preferred therapy for qualified patients.
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Conservatives such as Sean Hannity have often joked that Democrats hate Donald Trump so much that even if he cured cancer, they would find a way to criticize him.
Well... COVID-19 might not be cancer, but the left-wing reaction to Trump and hydroxychloroquine makes that joke seem like reality.
The survey, conducted by Sermo, a global healthcare polling company, found that 37 percent of physicians considered hydroxychloroquine the most effective therapy against the novel coronavirus.
Hydroxychloroquine was approved by the FDA as an anti-malaria medication.
While WHO claims there is no proof hydroxychloroquine "can prevent or cure the disease," many are pointing to WHO's missteps throughout this entire pandemic.
For example, WHO initially parotted China's claims that human-to-human transmission was impossible.
That claim was spectacularly proven wrong.
The Science Times has more on the international survey:
According to an international poll of thousands of doctors, the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is the best coronavirus drug presently available. The majority of the 6,000 doctors surveyed or 37 percent said it was the most effective therapy for the virus.
The use of the chloroquine drug and its derivative form, hydroxychloroquine, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use to treat coronavirus patients. However, doctors have already been using it off-label in hospitals.
The survey found that hydroxychloroquine drug is also widely used in other countries for diagnosed patients with mild to severe symptoms, while in the U.S. it is used for the high-risk infected patients.
The most commonly prescribed drug by physicians was 33 percent hydroxychloroquine, 41 percent for azithromycin, and 56 percent analgesics. Sermo chief Peter Kirk said that doctors should have more of a voice in how we deal with this pandemic and be quick to share information with the rest of the world.
Doctors in China are considering to give the drugs a 'prophylactic' to give to asymptomatic people who test positive for the virus. Early clinical trials in China prove that hydroxychloroquine can reduce the severe effects of coronavirus.
Although the U.S. can already use the drug, it is still not licensed in the U.K., but its clinical trials are underway to assess whether this drug and other existing medicines are suitable for testing COVID-19. Until clear evidence suggests its effectiveness, it should only be used within a clinical trial. People should still follow the guidelines from N.H.S. ad stay at home.
More extensive clinical trials are already happening in New York and other areas. Italy is going to test the drug to 2,000 people, while China has previously conducted bigger trials and now are only waiting for the results.
While there are promising results for hydroxychloroquine, it is not the best therapy for every patient.
Patients should consult with their physician and weigh their risk factors.
Just like every other medicine, hydroxychloroquine has its benefitis as well as its risks.
For the patients who qualify, the anti-malarial drug has shown promising results not just in the U.S., but around the globe.
In the United States, hydroxychloroquine has been used for COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.
Around the globe, physicians have been prescribing hydroxychloroquine for patients equally, whether they had mild or severe symptoms.
While the U.S. media has been downplaying hydroxychloroquine as a beneficial therapy, the fact that physicians globally prefer it to other medications speaks volumes.
Many observers believe that the media as well as Democratic leaders are simply downplaying the anti-malarial drug in an effort to undermine Trump's handling of the crisis.
The UK Daily Mail has more details on which countries are aggressively utilizing hydroxychloroquine:
With a spiralling crisis and no cure in sight, doctors in Europe, the US and China have been given licence to prescribe the promising drug to COVID-19 patients.
But the UK has prevented clinicians from dishing out hydroxychloroquine - a form of chloroquine - until clinical trials are completed.
Chloroquine (CQ), branded as Aralen, and counterpart hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), known as Plaquenil, are well-established medicines.
They are also prescribed on the NHS to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and have been used since the 1940s.
The latest poll, conducted by Sermo - a 'virtual lounge' for doctors, found the tablets were most widely used for COVID-19 in Spain, where 72 per cent of physicians said they had prescribed them.
Fifty-three per cent of doctors in Italy said they had used the drugs to treat the killer virus, while in China it was 44 per cent.
Just 13 per cent of UK clinicians surveyed said they had prescribed chloroquine to coronavirus patients, presumably through private clinics.
The poll did not state which other drugs were voted most effective in treating COVID-19.
But it did note that the three most commonly prescribed treatments by doctors were analgesics (56 per cent), a type of painkiller, azithromycin (41 per cent), an antibiotic used for bacterial infections, and hydroxychloroquine (33 per cent).
Sermo chief executive Peter Kirk described the polling results as a 'treasure trove of global insights for policymakers'.
He added: 'Physicians should have more of a voice in how we deal with this pandemic and be able to quickly share information with one another and the world.'
Around the world, countries are expanding access to chloroquine, a synthetic form of quinine, which comes from cinchona trees and has been used for centuries to treat malaria.
Until an official vaccine or cure is developed, physicians and patients must have the right to choose the best treatment option for them.
This decision should be kept between physicians and patients, not politicians.
Many governors who initially banned hydroxychloroquine, such as the governor of Michigan, have now reversed course.
Instead of politicizing the virus, perhaps Democratic leaders and their allies in the media should listen objectively to what the president and his advisors are saying.
There's a reason they are giving daily briefings on COVID-19.
The American people deserve to hear straight from the president and his most trusted advisors.