Trump likened to a “drug pusher” by a British doctor over use of chloroquine as a prevention from contracting coronavirus
A British medic, Dr Hilary Jones has compared Donald Trump to a ‘drug pusher’ after the US President announced he was taking malaria medication to battle coronavirus.
The GP was appearing on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine today, alongside Lorraine Kelly, when he called out Trump for his ‘dangerous’ messaging.
Earlier this week, the President of the United States told press that he was using hydroxychloroquine after hearing ‘a lot of good stories on it’. ‘It’s very dangerous to advise, when you’re not qualified, a drug which is quite toxic,’ Dr Hilary explained.
‘If you look at the list of side effects, they’re huge; bone marrow suppression, deafness, heart irregularity, liver damage. And he’s saying to people go and take it – he’s like a drug pusher!’
Lorraine asked: ‘How dangerous do you think that is?’
And the short answer is – very.
‘So dangerous, and it could actually lead to legal cases,’ the GP claimed.
‘It’s quite possible people could die, there are no clinical trials that proved it has affected [coronavirus]. It’s very hard to understand.’ Dr Hilary has also warned not to follow Trump’s advice – as it could lead to heart failure.
Explaining the effects of the drug, used to treat malaria as well as lupus and arthritis, the health expert said: ‘It can be very toxic, it’s better than taking bleach, it has been around for a long time, and it could prevent the reduction of the virus.
‘Even from the outset China said it didn’t show any benefit, and it hasn’t shown any benefit in other studies.’ The GP went on: ‘It can cause heart failure and heart irregularities, it is toxic to the liver, there are no benefits and actually it could be dangerous.’