Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Some Good Covid Reads

Is Big Pharma behind the great war on hydroxychloroquine?

And what's behind the touting of Remdesivir?

Is it really about the money, as one commenter stated?

James Todaro has some strong views on that:

Remember in 2014 when Gilead won FDA approval for the drug Harvoni? The price per patient was $94,500 if you wanted your Hepatitis C cured.

Gilead isn’t a charity.…

May 4
Gilead receives $37.5M grant to develop/test Remdesivir—courtesy of US taxpayers

Taxpayer funded study shows small non-mortality benefit...FDA approves Remdesivir

Patient cost: $1000

Remdesivir manufacture cost: $10

Gilead projected 2020 revenue for Remdesivir: $1,000,000,000

Washington (Kirkland) nursing home: No hydroxychloroquine, 35 deaths out of 120 residents

Texas nursing home: Treatment WITH hydroxychloroquine, 1 death out of 135 residents

#COVIDー19 #coronavirus

The NIH Panel on COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines is made up of 50 researchers & physicians.

This panel will decide treatment recommendations for Remdesivir.

Nearly 20% of this panel is employed by or has investment interests in Gilead.


  1. Tweet link did not work for me.

    This article says Google is pulling links.

    Gut feeling - lots of deaths in US due to hydroxychloroquine not being used early. Unfortunately I have not seen any data on how widespread it’s used.

    1. Sorry Ray, that was my fault. It should work now.

      In my state a reporter told the governor that she's hearing 60% of deaths are now in nursing homes, and he just hedged.

      Seems to be lot of money behind trashing HCQ, but they're using it widely elsewhere.

    2. Ray, in the beginning we were told that HCQ was not to be used except in hospital. Physicians could not prescribe for their patients who had not been hospitalized. No one had even mentioned another drug at that time. I don’t understand why there has to be competition. It is not unusual for there to be treatment options. The emergence of one possibility would not automatically cancel out the other. Some choices would be governed by patients’ preexisting conditions. Does it have to be either/or?

  2. So, the bashing of Hydroxychloroquine is coming from a study out of South America, Brazil maybe, can't remember the country . Where they were giving 10x the recommend dosage of Cloroquine and it killed like 112 people. And now i'm reading reports the Dr. Fauci is on one of the patients of Remdesivir and a few other Covid drugs. So is this turn in drugs to use a play by Trump to get Dr. Fauci to play ball with him in press briefings. Don't really see any other way the FDA would have changed the usage warning on Hydro.

    1. HCQ is a “later model” of chloroquine. The latter presented any number of potentially bad side effects. So HCQ was developed, presumably without the negatives connected with chloroquine. They are not the same drug. Dr. Fauci has been dragging his foot on endorsing remdesivir. If anyone is not crazy about cure right now, it has to be him. He and Gates are waiting out a clinical trial on their vaccine. Want that to be the main event.

    2. Here is the title of the FDA’s new communication on Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine:

      FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems
      [4-24-2020] FDA Drug Safety Communication

      What safety concern is FDA announcing?

      The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin and other QT prolonging medicines. We are also aware of increased use of these medicines through outpatient prescriptions. Therefore, we would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information.

      Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. They are being studied in clinical trials for COVID-19, and we authorized their temporary use during the COVID-19 pandemic for treatment of the virus in hospitalized patients when clinical trials are not available, or participation is not feasible, through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The medicines being used under the hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine EUA are supplied from the Strategic National Stockpile, the national repository of critical medical supplies to be used during public health emergencies. This safety communication reminds physicians and the public of risk information set out in the hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine healthcare provider fact sheets that were required by the EUA.

      Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation and a dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia. These risks may increase when these medicines are combined with other medicines known to prolong the QT interval, including the antibiotic azithromycin, which is also being used in some COVID-19 patients without FDA approval for this condition. Patients who also have other health issues such as heart and kidney disease are likely to be at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.

      More here:

  3. For more on the perfidy of scientists, check out Chris Martenson’s video yesterday on the origins of this virus.

    1. Thanks Bro. There's a lot of deception going on.

  4. To further muddy the water, here is an interesting article from India…a producer of many pharmaceuticals:

  5. HCQ is one of the most widely used drug/meds in human history and one of the safest (my father's cousin was instrumental in developing it commercially toward the end of WW2). It's being widely used in Europe for Covid.