Microbiologist Didier Raoult Slams 'Fraudulent' VA Hydroxychloroquine Study As 'Fake News'Chris Menahan
Apr. 23, 2020
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The Department of Veterans Affairs' study on the drug hydroxychloroquine was "closer to scientific fraud than reasonable analysis," according to famed French microbiologist Didier Raoult.
Raoult said some 30 percent of patients in the supposed "control group" were given the antibiotic azithromycin, which is being used to treat the coronavirus, while "nearly dying patients with lymphopenia were treated with hydroxychloroquine."
He released this analysis in response:
In the current period, it seems that passion dominates rigorous and balanced scientific analysis and may lead to scientific misconduct. The article by Magagnoli et al. (Magagnoli, 2020) is an absolutely spectacular example of this. Indeed, in this work, it is concluded, in the end, that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) would double the mortality in patients with COVID with a fatality rate of 28% (versus 11% in the NoHCQ group), which is extraordinarily hard to believe. The analysis of the data shows two major biases, which show a welling to be convinced before starting the work:Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie also threw cold water on the media's hysterical reports on Wednesday by noting the VA study was "an observational study" and "not a clinical study."
"It was done on a small number of veterans, sadly those of whom were in the last stages of life," Wilkie said.
"We know the drug has been working on middle-age and younger veterans," he said, "and the governor of New York was just in the Oval Office yesterday asking for more of the drug to be delivered to the city of New York."
Fox News host Laura Ingraham last night highlighted the problems with the VA study and noted how the media ran with it without any skepticism seemingly just to score political points:
As I reported last week, the media similarly showed little skepticism when they hyped early clinical trial results of Gilead's unproven and expensive drug Remdesivir (which Gilead later said were statistically meaningless). It was later revealed insider trading may have been at play as a large bet was made on Gilead's stock shortly before the news touting Remdesivir was released.
Whether hydroxychloroquine is effective at treating SARS-CoV-2 is still up for debate but the depravity and dishonesty of our media has been proven without question.
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