Thursday, 17 December 2020

HCQ. We were right. They were wrong.

In an about face, the American Medical Association has officially rescinded a previous statement against the use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the treatment of early COVID-19 patients, giving physicians the green light to return to utilizing the medication at their discretion. They admit their earlier ban on the drug HCQ was wrong and was based on fraudulent reports as we have been shouting about for months. Reading from the AMA resolution, "The original studies published in The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) initially citing harm due to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine use were retracted by said journals due to dubious research methodology and incorrect conclusions." We were right. They were wrong. "AMA policy H-120.988, “Patient Access to Treatments Prescribed by Their Physicians,” supports a physician’s autonomy to prescribe medications the physician believes to be in the patient’s best interest, where the benefits outweigh risk and the patient consents." This is precisely the common sense, safe, approach that we have long advocated. "Physicians have used off label medications for years and this use is supported by existing policy." Again. That is what we have been saying from the beginning. "Data regarding harm have been limited due to poorly designed studies or studies usually in Stage 2 or later, or stopped without harm but no effect in phase 2." They admit we were right.
"There are many studies that indicate that the use of Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin is effective and front-line physicians are using the therapy where permissible." And here is the big announcement; "The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious medical issue, people are dying, and physicians must be able to perform as sagacious prescribers; therefore, be it RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association rescind its statement calling for physicians to stop prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine until sufficient evidence becomes available to conclusively illustrate that the harm associated with use outweighs benefit early in the disease course. Implying that such treatment is inappropriate contradicts AMA Policy H-120.988, “Patient Access to Treatments Prescribed by Their Physicians,” that addresses off label prescriptions as appropriate in the judgement of the prescribing physician and be it further RESOLVED,
That our AMA rescind its joint statement with the American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and update it with a joint statement notifying patients that further studies are ongoing to clarify any potential benefit of hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for the treatment of COVID-19 and be it further RESOLVED, That our AMA reassure the patients whose physicians are prescribing hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for their early-stage COVID-19 diagnosis by issuing an updated statement clarifying our support for a physician’s ability to prescribe an FDA approved medication for off label use, if it is in her/his best clinical judgement, with specific reference to the use of hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for the treatment of the earliest stage of COVID-19 and be it further RESOLVED, That our AMA take the actions necessary to require local pharmacies to fill valid prescriptions that are issued by physicians and consistent with AMA principles articulated in AMA Policy H-120.988, “Patient Access to Treatments Prescribed by Their Physicians,” including working with the American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health System Pharmacists." Sorry this is so long-winded but, in short, we are winning this battle. It's not over. AMA are not alone, but they had the courage to admit the studies and trials led them to rescind their restrictions on a drug that could have saved many lives. The CDC, the FDA, every national public health bureaucrat with a conscience, must follow AMA’s lead and immediately lift the ban on our doctors and local clinics from prescribing a safe and effective treatment for early stage Covid patients. It is a tragedy that thousands have died through, dare I say it without being banned by social media, deliberate malpractice based on false information. If anyone would like to receive details of the life-saving Zelenko Protocol, which combines HCQ or Ivermectin together with zinc and an antibiotic, please send me a message. Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2020-10/nov20-handbook-addendum.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2UJjmeCpYFYfGiqnwVCCIiBa6DPAiapElHS6368ralcYTFmvjymfeHlq4

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