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6.2 Problems with Chloroquine

A hapless misinformed victim – I mean patient - is given an antiviral drug and dies? No problem. No law suit can be filed.

There have been more than 20 miracle cures proposed for the corona virus. All of them have very serious known drawbacks and side effects – including death depending on the dosage and the pre-existing conditions of their victims – I mean patients. The question then becomes how can we protect the profits of drug companies from the lawsuits of victims and surviving family members of those killed or permanently injured by the miracle cures?

The answer is to give drug companies complete protection from prosecution! This is why on March 17, 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published in the Federal Register a ‘notice of declaration’ conferring broad-based immunity from tort (including product liability) litigation for those engaging in ‘activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19.’ 85 Fed. Reg. 15198 (HHS March 17, 2020).”

Here is a quote: “HHS is conferring tort immunity…The immunity extends to ‘any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures’…The immunity extends not only to COVID-19-fighting drugs, but also to ‘products or technologies intended to enhance the use or effect of a drug, biological product [vaccine], or device used against the pandemic.”

A hapless misinformed victim – I mean patient - is given an antiviral drug and dies? No problem. No law suit can be filed.

Anyone associated with the drug, such as corrupt drug companies, are exempt from liability. Warning: Please do not take any of the drugs I am about to discuss unless you are under a doctor’s supervision. Even then, you should have your head examined because these drugs can be much worse than the corona virus.

Now for our hit parade of miracle cures:

#1 Chloroquine (not related to the chlorine gas used to kill soldiers in World War I).
This is considered the number one “go to drug” because it is already used to treat malaria. It therefore has to be safe right???

Here is a link to a web page that lists its known harmful side effects: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-8633/chloroquine-oral/details

Here is a quote from the Side Effects section: “Blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: bleaching of hair color, hair loss, mental/mood changes (such as confusion, personality changes, unusual thoughts/behavior, depression), hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears, hearing loss), darkening of skin/tissue inside the mouth, worsening of skin conditions (such as dermatitis, psoriasis), signs of serious infection (such as high fever, severe chills, persistent sore throat), unusual tiredness, swelling legs/ankles, shortness of breath, pale lips/nails/skin, signs of liver disease (such as severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), easy bruising/bleeding, muscle weakness, unwanted/uncontrolled movements (including tongue and face twitching).”

This medication may rarely cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of low blood sugar, such as sudden sweating, shaking, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet.

If you have diabetes, be sure to check your blood sugars regularly. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication.

“Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, seizures.”

“This medication may cause serious eye/vision problems. The risk for these side effects is increased with long-term use of this medication (over weeks to years) and with taking this medication in high doses. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of serious eye problems, including: severe vision changes (such as light flashes/streaks, difficulty reading, complete blindness).”

“A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.”

Here is more from the Precautions section: “Chloroquine may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizzinessfainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using chloroquine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation

in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).”

“During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby.”

Given that this drug can kill people, it carries the following warning: “We are strongly urging the medical community to not prescribe this medication to any non-hospitalized patients.”

One of the most disturbing side effects besides heart attacks and death is that this drug can cause trouble breathing. Corona virus victims can already have trouble breathing. Why make a bad situation worse? I think a better option would be to give them Oxygen. But of course, that option would not make as much money for the drug companies.

What about the French study?
A French study found that Chloroquine helped when combined with the antibiotic azithromycin. It is likely that what really helped was the antibiotic which cuts down on bacterial pneumonia (which is what really kills people).

However, an American doctor at the University of Colorado has criticized the French study. Dr. David Kroll says the French data is flawed because what respiratory support patients received is unknown, what other drugs were given is unknown, and there is no mention of patients’ previous health-risk profiles. Kroll noted that hydroxychloroquine has significant neurological side effects and cardiac effects. He is concerned that patients also were given azithromycin, because cardiac side effects is one of its hallmark side effects. Putting the two drugs together without knowing the effect is unconscionable, he says. “I worry that people will start taking azithromycin and getting arrhythmia from it,” Kroll said. “It’s crazy.”

https://needtoknow.news/2020/03/unproven-drugs-with-cardiac-side-effects-being-used-on-coronavirus-patients/?print=print

In China, a research study by the University of Zheijang found that the use of chloroquine is less efficient than the basic health care and hygiene measures. Comparing patients who received treatment with chloroquine and patients who did not, the researchers found no differences in their final result, concluding that the method is irrelevant. http://subject.med.wanfangdata.com.cn/UpLoad/Files/202003/43f8625d4dc74e42bbcf24795de1c77c.pdf

A French study also found that chloroquine was not effective in patients needing oxygen. Here is a quote: “This study included 181 patients with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia; 84 received HCQ within 48 hours of admission (HCQ group) and 97 did not (no-HCQ group). Initial severity was well balanced between the groups. 20% of patients in the HCQ group were transferred to the ICU or died within 7 days vs 22% in the no-HCQ group. 8 patients in the HCQ group experienced heart problems which required stopping the HCQ. Therefore, this study does not support the use of HCQ as a treatment for the corona virus.”

A CIA study about chloroquine warned that it could result in “Sudden Death”
In late March, after a lot of public praise for chloroquine as a treatment for the corona virus, the CIA issued a secret warning to its employees to avoid taking the drug. Here is the CIA warning: “At this point, the drug is not recommended to be used by patients except by medical professionals prescribing it as part of ongoing investigational studies. There are potentially significant side effects, including sudden cardiac death, associated with hydroxychloroquine and its individual use in patients need to be carefully selected and

monitored by a health care professional,” the answer said, before adding in bold type: “Please do not obtain this medication on your own.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/anti-malarial-drug-touted-by-trump-was-subject-of-cia-warning-to-employees/ar-BB12zX43

High Doses of Chloroquine are Fatal
On April 11, 2020, a study from Brazil was published comparing high versus low doses of Chloroquine. So many patients from the high dosage group were killed, that the study had to be halted! https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.07.20056424v1

On April 21, 2020, a study was published by the US Veterans Administration concluding that chloroquine increased fatalities when given to corona virus patients.

Here is a link to this 27 page study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.16.20065920v1.full.pdf

97 patients received hydroxychloroquine, 113 received hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic drug azithromycin, and 158 didn’t receive any hydroxychloroquine. More than 27% of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine died and 22% treated with both hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin died, compared to the 11.4% who died and weren’t treated with those drugs.

The patients were all US veterans. Clearly chloroquine is worse than no treatment at all.

What’s Next?
Chloroquine
is possibly the least dangerous of the drugs being put forward as miracle cures for the corona virus. In the next section, we will look at more miracle cures.