What should Big Pharma do when a new virus comes along

and you already have a cure that has been around for years and it’s cheap?


1. Down play the existing medicine with side effect warnings.

2. Create the image of “only a vaccine will do”.

3. Have the Scientific team use lots of numbers, charts and abstract terms.

4. Be sure team Epidemiologists are friendly to Big Pharma.

5. Create a Pandemic & Scare the crap out of people.

6. Suggest a stringent national lockdown / quarantine as the temporary cure.

7. Shut down the economy while keeping government running.

8. Request Government assistance - Stat.

  


International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

 20 March 2020


Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin 

as a treatment of COVID-19: 

results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial



Philippe Gautret,  Jean-Christophe Lagier,  Philippe Parola,  Van Thuan Hoang,  Line Meddeb,  Morgane Mailhe,  Barbara Doudier,  Johan Courjon,  Valérie Giordanengo,  Vera Esteves Vieira,  Hervé Tissot Dupont,  Stéphane Honoré,  Philippe Colson,  Eric Chabrière,  Bernard La Scola,  Jean-Marc Rolain,  Philippe Brouqui,  Didier Raoult.


Abstract


Background


Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have been found to be efficient on SARS-CoV-2, and reported to be efficient in Chinese COV-19 patients. We evaluate the role of hydroxychloroquine on respiratory viral loads.


Patients and methods.


French Confirmed COVID-19 patients were included in a single arm protocol from early March to March 16th, to receive 600mg of hydroxychloroquine daily and their viral load in nasopharyngeal swabs was tested daily in a hospital setting. Depending on their clinical presentation, azithromycin was added to the treatment. Untreated patients from another center and cases refusing the protocol were included as negative controls. Presence and absence of virus at Day6-post inclusion was considered the end point.


Results


Six patients were asymptomatic, 22 had upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and eight had lower respiratory tract infection symptoms.


Twenty cases were treated in this study and showed a significant reduction of the viral carriage at D6-post inclusion compared to controls, and much lower average carrying duration than reported of untreated patients in the literature. Azithromycin added to hydroxychloroquine was significantly more efficient for virus elimination.


Conclusion


Despite its small sample size our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin.


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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2020.105949



I happened upon a story about a Livermore, CA. firehouse that had a light bulb burning since installing in 1901. Needless to say, those early bulbs burned forever. Initial sales of light bulbs were spectacular but eventually slowed to the point where bulb companies were going out of business.


As a result there took place on December of 1923 in Geneva Switzerland a meeting of surviving light bulb manufactures (Germany’s Osram, the Netherlands’ Philips, France’s Compagnie des Lampes, and the United States’ General Electric, etc). The purpose; to establish “built in obsolesces” as  defined as, designing a product with an artificially limited useful life. 


Back to medicine. It is this writer’s belief there is a similar un-written fiat in the cancer industry. If a sudden cancer cure, like that of polio, were to be made available, imagine the loss of revenues in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Not to mention all sorts of electronic machines. 90 percent of folks working in these fields and ancillary industries would be out of work. What would all those doctors do? 


We are going through just such an event only it's not cancer, it's the Coronavirus / Covid -19. At first the world’s leading epidemiologists underestimated the potential of the novel coronavirus to give rise to a pandemic. Early this winter, Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offered assurances that it was unlikely a pandemic would spread across the globe even with direct flights from it's epicenter in Wuhan China to dozens of US cities and world capitals. Then it came on suddenly.


However we were lucky enough to already have a cure available, that was found to work for most folks. It is called Hydroxychloroquine and it has been around for decades and it's inexpensive. It’s intended purpose was for Malaria and in later years Lupus.  The fact that Hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin worked against Covid-19  was first picked up by French & Italian teams with startling positive results.


President Trump was pushing it, and bought 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine from India to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Then Dr. Fauci  and other Epidemiologists employed by big pharma started to downplay Hydroxychloroquine warning of its side effects and putting emphasis long term on a vaccine. As for an immediate treatment Fauci recommends Remdesivir made by Gilead Sciences. “Hydroxychloroquine is cheap and 91% effective. Remdesivir is $1000 and under 50% effective. Why is Fauci pushing Remdesivir? Who knows, but it’s stock took off, you be the judge.


Also to be considered are the three involved bureau chiefs finding abhorrent,  Trump coming up with the solution and sidestepping all the experts a.k.a. 'Scientists' on the Government payroll.” Additionally the idea that scientific expertise can play a purely technical role in the political arena has held particular appeal for American progressives.


The government and big pharma took the eight steps listed above, thus depriving U.S. citizens of their Constituntional Rights. Most have gone along with the quarantine at a unspeakable cost to personal lives and businesses all at government bidding. We can understand the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and the schism between left and right still remaining. None the less it is infuriating that the progressive left would object to the conservative right wanting to come out of lockdown and want for the country we had prior. But on second thought, the contrary is completely understandable, considering their precept to, "never let a crisis go to waste" and that the left would like to see the collapse of American greatness by any means, even Covid-19.


UPDATE: At a mid May roundtable event Trump announced that he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and zinc to prevent being infected with COVID-19, and that you’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers, adding that he has had no side-effects from the drug. As one would expect Trump ignited his usual critics.


Listen to a Dennis Prager radio interview of NY Dr. Vladimir Zelenko on the positive results using a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine.




Five Patient Videos from Town Hall Magazine on how Hydroxychloroquine saved their lives.


- Will Wainwright



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