We may all be aware of Donald Trump’s statements, where he has publicly declared that the novel COVID-19 can be cured using hydroxychloroquine. This drug has proven to be incredibly useful during the malaria epidemic a couple of years ago. However, Trump has not made public any scientific data to prove his theory, and researchers are demanding to know the basis of his assumptions.
The drug has been used all over the world in the vain hope that patients will miraculously recover from coronavirus. A new study has been performed on approximately 96,000 patients from six different continents, which have been treated using hydroxychloroquine. The findings of this study showed that the drug has proven inefficient and even caused a series of additional heart problems to the patients, creating more bad than good.
However, an open letter was specially composed by more than 180 scientists all around the globe, which have underlined that the daily intake of hydroxychloroquine has not been consistent for all the patients. In their opinion, the study was not performed under the same conditions and regulations imposed by the US Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to this, the study’s authors have signed the honor pledge to share all the collected data but released neither their code nor their data. The authors of the open letter have demanded the Lancet to publicly release the peer review process that has made this manuscript to be accepted for publication since the study lacks both methodology and integrity.
On the 30th of May, the researchers have changed a couple of information in their research, but the conclusions remained the same. Even though their research was the first to provide in-depth research into the cardiac complications caused by hydroxychloroquine and the rate of deaths, its integrity has been long debated. According to them, 33% of the patients treated with hydroxychloroquine are more likely to die than the rest.