During an appearance on the Fox News show “Fox & Friends First,” Wilkie was asked about media reports claiming that taking the drug can kill patients instead of effecting a cure.
“Well I think it’s nonsense,” Wilkie said. “And I’ll echo what the president said the other day. I think it’s more aimed at President Trump than it is against the science because as we speak, Dr. Fauci and his institute are conducting very detailed clinical trials if this and I would also underline the fact that it is the 128th most-used drug in this country.”
Wilkie slammed a study he said “the press has been touting” as showing that the drug could be dangerous. “Researchers took and used VA numbers — didn’t even look at underlying medical conditions — and really misrepresented what was going on at VA.”
“We used it with veterans who were in the last hours of life in the hopes that it would prolong that life and we will continue to do that under FDA guidelines, which we have been following religiously,” he said.
Wilkie also noted that the study the media has been fawning over was not clinically reviewed or peer-reviewed.
“It was gone over by three ophthalmologists,” he said. “Now, I like ophthalmology, but I’m not going to turn to an ophthalmologist to review studies on infectious diseases. So I think this was more aimed at taking a hit at the president than it was science.”
“We started using this in the military in 1955,” Wilkie continued.
“I’ve taken it. Everyone who’s served in the military since the Eisenhower administration has taken this regularly. We know its side effects, we know what it does and if we can offer hope to people, we’re going to continue to do that.”
The Shrieking Left has ignored facts like these.
- The drug has been in use for 65 years for lupus, arthritis, and malaria.
- It has a very good safety profile.
- The FDA has approved it for off-label use.
- A French study of using it for COVID-19 showed more than 90% of the 1,000 patients had “good clinical outcomes.”
- An Italian study of more than 65,000 patients showed that only 20% of those taking it prophylactically tested positive for the virus.