President Trump was prescribed antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine by his White House physician, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed May 20.
“Yes, the doctor did prescribe it for him. And he took it after having several discussions with Dr. Conley about its efficacy,” McEnany told David Brody of CBN News.
“And he believed, Dr. Conley, that the benefits outweigh the risks for the President. And, you know hydroxychloroquine, its worth mentioning, is a drug that has been approved for at least three other conditions. Malaria is one of them as a prophylaxis (preventative measure) … Lupus is another example.”
McEnany referenced the “right to try” act Trump signed into law May 30, 2018, which allows patients who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions who have tried all approved treatment options and who are unable to participate in a clinical trial, to access certain unapproved treatments.
“So you know, you do have a right to try it, in essence, to reflect on the language of the presidents previous legislation that gives people the right to try and the waning days of their life or when theyre facing a fatal illness,” she said of hydroxychloroquine.
However, the press secretary stressed that Americans should not take the drug unless it has been prescribed by their doctor, adding, “its very important to say that.”
“Only your doctor can say that this is for you and prescribe it to you. But nevertheless, to completely act as if this is some sort of poison when there are many, many Americans and many people around the world taking this for Lupus and other illnesses—it just does more harm than good.”
McEnanys comments came two days after the White House released a letter from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley to McEnany stating that the president was “in very good health” and was receiving regular testing for COVID-19, which have all been negative to date.
“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risk,” Conley wrote.
The letter did not explicitly state that the doctor had prescribed hydroxychloroquine, nor did it include information about Trumps dosage.
Trump told reporters earlier Monday he had started taking the controversial drug, which he has regularly championed as a potential “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus deRead More From Source