Professor Didier Raoult, a world renowned virologist and physician in Marseille, France was interviewed by Dr. Oz to discuss the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin in the treatment of his patients infected with the CCP virus on April 5, 2020. Dr. Raoult has been the director of the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes. He was among the first to use HCQ to treat patients and has gained worldwide attention for promoting HCQ ever since. The study he described in the interview involved 1,061 patients who were given HCQ (200 mg, 3 times a day) and azithromycin (250 mg, twice on the first day and once a day for the next 4 days) early, after making sure they didn’t have any rhythmic problem and there were no contraindication. It was found that 92% of the patients were completely cured by the 10th day, and most of the patients who were not cured then were cured as of the time of the interview.
During the interview, Professor Raoult said that it is not always necessary to find new compounds for emerging diseases. It is not uncommon for existing medicines to treat newly emerged diseases. Some recent breakthroughs in medicine discovery are actually something that has been used for a long time in human history, such as artemisinin, the most effective treatment for malaria.
He also talked about his meeting with French President Macron, and hoped to “have less middlemen, less petite people between the research and the decision maker”. He also suggested that Gilead, the company that makes Remdesivir, might be the “monster” which had made the talk about hydroxychloroquine difficult.
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