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Antimalarials Not Formally Approved, But Access Is Being Expanded – FDA

President Trump announced Thursday that malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine will be made available "almost immediately" to treat coronavirus patients.

"We are going to be able to make that drug available nearly immediately".

'They've gone through the approval process - it's been approved.

Later in the briefing, Vice President Mike Pence added that while "tens of thousands" of COVID-19 tests were being performed every day, they should still be reserved for those who are most at risk.

Hahn in a news conference with Trump on March 19 announced the FDA will make experimental drugs, including anti-malaria ones, available to coronavirus patients.

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are synthetic forms of quinine, which is found in the barks of cinchona trees of Latin America and has been used to treat malaria for centuries.

'We'll find out very, very soon, ' how well the drug works, Trump claimed.

Neither drug is a proven treatment for COVID-19, the deadly disease caused by the coronavirus, however, and neither is likely to be publicly available in the near future.

The FDA plans to study the results of those drugs in hopes that they can be offered as "bridge" therapies as they await completion of clinical trials for a vaccine, which may take a year, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said. But the FDA has not approved any drugs to treat the novel coronavirus.

That may mean prescriptions of the drug will only be approved for use in the most severely ill patients, although Hahn did not specify the criteria for prescribing hydroxoychloroquine to coronavirus patients.

Because it is already on the market and FDA approved for other uses, hydroxychloroquine can be more easily used off-label, so long as patients qualify to receive it under the Compassionate Use Act.

In the meantime, if the drug show promise, the FDA says it will "engage with domestic manufacturers to ramp up production of this product to mitigate any potential supply chain pressures". "You know, we're not a shipping clerk".

Deere said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow informed his colleagues of the change to allow "each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19". "But I've got to tell you that on three big orders we lost to the feds".

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said his state had been outbid by federal authorities for medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic during a Thursday conference call with President Donald Trump.

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