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Patients wanted hydroxychloroquine after Trump touted it, an ER doctor says

As France banned the use of hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus treatments, Dr. Anthony Fauci said its lack of efficacy is evident in data even though he’s not sure if it should be banned.

Dr. Dara Kass, an emergency medicine physician at Columbia University Medical Center, says she’s seeing cardiac effects exacerbate in some coronavirus patients due to hydroxychloroquine.

“Which is why we always need to have really good studies before we introduce even an older medication into a new clinical scenario,” she said, adding that’s why France is banning the drug when treating Covid-19.

The Food and Drug Administration has previously issued warnings about the potentially harmful side effects of using hydroxychloroquine.

“We saw an uptick in patients requesting, demanding to be put on hydroxychloroquine after the President spoke about it publicly. We had to tell them no because we follow the science. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not the President,” Kass added.