Oleandrin: Trump allies pitch extract from poisonous plant to fight Covid - 2020-08-25
Allies of Donald Trump have promoted a plant extract called oleandrin to people seeking to ward off Covid-19. The plant the extract is derived from, oleander, is poisonous and there is no proof the compound is either safe or effective to treat or prevent Covid-19, experts say.
But unlike other unproven and potentially dangerous Covid-19 "cures" pitched by Trump and his supporters, including the prescription antimalarial hydroxychloroquine, experts fear this compound could easily reach the public as a dietary supplement.
"Supplements are like snake oil, in the sense they are not regulated by the FDA," said Martin Ronis, a professor in Louisiana State University's department of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, referring to the US Food and Drug Administration.