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Huge Study Throws Cold Water on Antimalarials for COVID-19 | MedPage Today

“No support for continued use seen in analysis of 15,000 patients who got controversial drugs”

Full story of excerpts below at Source: >Huge Study Throws Cold Water on Antimalarials for COVID-19 | MedPage Today

“Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), with or without an antibiotic, in hospitalized COVID-19 patients were associated with increased risk of death in the hospital and higher rates of arrhythmias, analysis of outcomes in nearly 100,000 patients indicated.

>Medical Reference: The Lancet

“This is the first large scale study to find statistically robust evidence that treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine does not benefit patients with COVID-19,” 



Arizona Man dies after taking malaria medication promoted by the President, in effort to prevent coronavirus | TheHill

Video Caption: Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is not enough evidence to support claims that hydrox-chloroquine is effective in combatting COVID-19.

>4 Minute Podcast: Malaria Drug In High Demand For Treating COVID-19 Despite Lack Of Evidence That It’s Effective

“Health care company Banner Health announced Monday that a patient had died and his wife was in critical condition after they apparently took an anti-malaria drug touted by President Trump as a possible cure for coronavirus without a doctor’s prescription.

“In a statement, the company urged Americans against taking drugs not prescribed for them in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands of people across the country. The chemical, which is available in tablet form as an anti-malaria drug, is also used as a cleaning chemical.”

“A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks. Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital, ” the statement read.

The couple had read a fake article about the cleaning chemical.

“Most patients who become infected with COVID-19 will only require symptomatic care and self-isolation to prevent the risk of infecting others. Check first with a primary care physician. The routine use of specific treatments, including medications described as ‘anti-COVID-19’, is not recommended for non-hospitalized patients, including the anti-malarial drug chloroquine,” the statement continued.

“Trump tweeted about the use of chloroquine as an effective treatment for severe coronavirus cases over the weekend, urging Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to put it to use “immediately.” “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents) be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” he tweeted.TAGS DONALD TRUMP CORONAVIRUS MALARIA

Read more at Source: >Man dies after taking malaria medication in effort to prevent coronavirus | TheHill

NPR: For Older Cancer Patients, Geriatric Assessments Help Doctors Tailor Treatment : Shots – Health News

“Geriatric assessment is an approach that clinicians use to evaluate their elderly patients’ overall health status and to help them choose treatment appropriate to their age and condition. The assessment includes questionnaires and tests to gauge the patients’ physical, mental and functional capacity, taking into account their social lives, daily activities and goals.

The tool can play an important role in cancer care, according to clinicians who work with the elderly. It can be tricky to predict who will be cured, who will relapse and who will die from cancer treatment. Geriatric assessments can help physicians better estimate who will likely develop chemotherapy toxicities and other serious potential complications of cancer treatment, including death.

Geriatric assessment includes an evaluation by a physical therapist, a psychological assessment, a cognitive exam and a complete physical and medical history. The doctor takes all these factors into account and tallies a score for their patient to help guide their decision-making about the patient’s treatment.

Although the geriatric assessment is not 100% accurate, “it’s better than the clinician eyeball test,” says Supriya Gupta Mohile, a geriatric oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. “If I didn’t do a geriatric assessment and just looked at a patient I wouldn’t have the same information,” she says.

More at Source: NPR: For Older Cancer Patients, Geriatric Assessments Help Doctors Tailor Treatment : Shots – Health News | Evernote Web

Cancer survivors report an information gap in treatment side effects

“Patients’ desire for more information

Few statistics exist to estimate what percentage of cancer patients will experience treatment side effects. However, according to a new paper that appears in the Journal of Oncology Practice, close to one-third of patients feel that more information is necessary on the possible side effects of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy.

“The findings revealed that many of the participants felt as though they did not know enough about their side effects.These people tended to be those who experienced severe side effects, who were significantly less likely to feel informed that those who reported minimal side effects.

“Just over half of the respondents asked their primary care physician (PCP) about the various choices.

Nine in 10 of these individuals said that the PCP’s advice was very or somewhat important in their decision-making.

In fact, about one-quarter of the patients used only their PCP for advice and information. Others sought guidance from medical websites, other patients, and support groups, along with relatives and friends.

Although some experiences were as expected, Dr. Shaverdian believes that “more in-depth patient counseling on these side effects could help us better prepare our patients for changes to their quality of life.”

More at Source: Cancer survivors report an information gap in treatment side effects