Republican Billionaire's Group Pushes Unproven COVID-19 Treatment Trump Promoted - 2020-03-26
A conservative business group founded by a prolific Republican political donor is pressuring the White House to greenlight an unproven COVID-19 treatment, saying in an online petition that the country has plants in the U.S. ready to produce a drug but can't because of "red tape, regulation, and a dysfunctional healthcare supply chain."
In recent days, Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus' Job Creators Network has placed Facebook ads and texted supporters to sign a petition urging President Donald Trump to "CUT RED TAPE" and make an anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine available for treating those sickened with the virus, one such message obtained by ProPublica reads.
Hydroxychloroquine and another related drug, chloroquine, are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat arthritis and lupus but not for COVID-19. (Doctors, however, are able to prescribe approved drugs for off-label uses.)