Oleandrin: Trump allies pitch extract from poisonous plant to fight Covid - 2020-08-25

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F345.png Oleandrin: Trump allies pitch extract from poisonous plant to fight Covid August 25, 2020, Jessica Glenza, The Guardian

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.

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{{cite news | first = Jessica | last = Glenza | title = Oleandrin: Trump allies pitch extract from poisonous plant to fight Covid | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/25/oleandrin-covid-19-mike-lindell-trump-phoenix | work = The Guardian | date = August 25, 2020 | accessdate = August 27, 2020 }}