President Trump is “feeling perfect” after concluding his use of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic against coronavirus, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday.
McEnany said she asked Trump about how he’s feeling just prior to the White House press briefing. She said he told her "he’s ‘feeling perfect," "he’s feeling absolutely great after taking this regimen" and that he "would take it again."
McEnany went on to promote research suggesting there are benefits to using the drug to prevent the contraction of coronavirus.
“It’s important, of course, always, if taking hydroxychloroquine, get a prescription from your doctor. Doctors are the ones that need to be prescribing this,” she added, before claiming that there had been hyperbole regarding the drug’s safety.
Some context: The drug is only FDA-approved to treat or prevent malaria or to treat autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. While so-called off label prescribing of the drug to treat other conditions is legal, it has not been found by the federal government to be safe or effective for any other uses.
And CNN previously reported this week that the World Health Organization temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential Covid-19 treatment on Monday due to safety concerns.
The decision came after a publication in the medical journal The Lancet on Friday suggested that seriously ill Covid-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die.