NIH Panel Distances from Trump-Touted Drug Combination to Treat the Coronavirus

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel is warning against the use of hydroxychloroquine in combination with azithromycin to treat COVID-19 patients.

The NIH — developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) agency headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci — has released a recommendation confirming that the coronavirus cocktail is currently under investigation.

Some drugs, which have been previously touted by President Donald Trump, have raised concerns for the panel as they are no proven drugs yet in treating the coronavirus.

The panel is recommending health professionals not use the drug combination — hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin — because of a “potential for toxicities.”

The recommendation reads:

“Except in the context of a clinical trial, the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) recommends against the use of the following drugs for the treatment of COVID-19,” including, “The combination of hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin (AIII) because of the potential for toxicities.”

They also highlight the possibility of cardiac complications that could be a side effect of the drug.

“The combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin was associated with QTc prolongation in patients with COVID-19.”

The latest guidelines follow a string of reports about Trump’s support of the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus — the drug is only FDA-approved to treat malaria.

The president previously described the drug as “great” and “powerful” and claimed there were “signs that it works.” In fact, CNN noted that the president considered the drug to be a “game-changer.” However, there was never any factual information to support that theory.

When Fauci was asked about the president’s praise of the drug, he clarified that “there’s no magic drug” to combat coronavirus.

He also noted that despite the unproven nature of the drug, it would likely be made “more readily available” if it offered even the slightest improvement for suffering coronavirus patients.

At the time, Fauci said, “There are no proven, safe, and effective therapies for the coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to do everything we can to make things that have even a hint of efficacy more readily available.”

Check out Fauci’s remarks:

As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 826,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.


  1. WOW! the thick-headed tripartite has spoken. I’m soooo much more enlightened.

  2. Phyllis: it is ALSO important that our press and voters hold our politicians accountable, including for corruption. There is no excuse for letting these people grift this country.

    We must elect better politicians.

  3. “Some drugs, which have been previously touted by President Donald Trump” Article

    Recent discoveries show that King Donald The Loser has personal investments and relations with the companies that make the drugs he is touting.

    The level of corruption in this administration puts us in risk. We must elect better politicians.

  4. Reason # ___ why Trump is dangerous and detrimental to the Republic. Marking myself safe from Trump and wishing I could say the same for all of my fellow Americans.

  5. Americans are free to be as obtuse as they wish to be as long as they don’t endanger the health and safety of others. If you wish to take medical advice of a TV reality host and corrupt businessman, WHILE ignoring the medical advice of public health experts, it is your right.

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