This cartoon seems to be referencing, without name, hydroxychloroquine. While some anecdotal accounts suggest some positive accounts in some patients, more controlled scientific protocols have not confirmed this. The biggest problem is that, when Trump asks, “What do you have to lose?” he seems to discount the human lives of those he does not care about.
The reality is that, while hydroxychloroquine has proven efficacious for malaria, lupus and some forms of arthritis, it also carries significant risks from side effects, including sudden cardiac arrest (heart stoppage).
If an unproven drug had positive anecdotal results but carried little or no side effect concerns, it would be worth trying off label on a widespread basis. Because of the serious risks involved in using hydroxychloroquine, recommending widespread use without clinical confirmation puts human lives at risk. As if Trump cared.
April 12, 2017