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Treatment ‘saves lives’


The controversy over the use of Hydroxychloroquine to combat the Wuhan virus is quite simple to explain. It is proving highly effective in the US and is saving thousands of lives, especially when taken early in the progress of the disease. But it is cheap and will not make a lot of money for the drug company manufacturing it.

One of the authors of the Veterans Affairs study that claimed the drug had no effect on the recovery of patients stricken by the virus was receiving grants of up to $250,000 from Gilead Sciences, a company that has high hopes for their Remdesivir, a not-yet-FDA-approved drug.This will cost $US1000 a dose.

The V.A. study was based on end-stage patients with severe co-morbidities and with little chance of survival.

More than 700 doctors have joined Republican Senator Ron Johnson in writing to President Trump asking him to make Hydroxychloroquine more widely available. Were I to have the misfortune to come down with the Wuhan virus myself, I would insist on early treatment with appropriate doses of Hydroxychloroquine. It saves lives!

Patrick Cooper

  1. Martin Hanson says:

    For those wanting to dig a little deeper in the issue of Covid-19, I recommend the first 40 minutes of the latest edition of the online “UK Column”, at:


    It’s been clear for some time that there’s a lot more to Covid-19 than we are being told.

    1. ALAIN JORION says:

      As a lung cancer patient advocate I need to explain to Martin Hanson that we have a problem with smokers. I have been reminded several times that we cannot discriminate about smokers. However, in this forum I get a chance to have my say. In New Zealand, 2200 people get diagnosed with lung cancer every year; 1800 will die. This is huge compared to our statistics on coronavirus. In our Tairawhiti region, young girls hold a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other. I would like to tell them to stop smoking, but the law says I can’t. Martin is right that it’s a human behaviour problem but honestly the importance of our future hangs largely here. Smoking cannabis is also a human behaviour problem and I think having a referendum about it will be the best we can do. I do hope those who see the light vote accordingly against this addictive drug and in the future we have another referendum banning smoking in Aotearoa once and for all.

      1. Martin Hanson says:

        In the context of my earlier remark, I’m not sure what Alain’s point is. As far as I can tell, I’m not disagreeing with him!

  2. Lara MEYER says:

    Please both Patrick and Martin, take some time to learn about the reasons humans choose to believe conspiracy theories during times of stress and uncertainty.
    Nanogirl the scientist and many reputable Psychiatrists and Psychologists have been speaking at length this week on many platforms to try and help people keep things in perspective.
    Can you not see a conspiracy and nonsense when people are trying to scare you?
    Common sense is clearly not that common…