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NIH guidelines warn against use of drug combo pushed by Trump

NIH guidelines warn against use of drug combo pushed by Trump

US NIH panel in its new guidelines published advised doctors not to use hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic azithromycin, for treating Covid-19. The drug combination was strongly pushed by President Trump to treat Covid-19. The panel, made of up experts from the govt, universities and professional medical societies, noted that no drug has yet been shown to help patients recover from Covid-19.

Timothy
Timothy
Blaeingr
Blaeingr 4 months

So far most posts exhibit heavy confirmation and/or anchoring bias. Some have pointed out flaws in the study, which is closer to a critical literature review than a study. The reality is that none of us have prescience and claims otherwise (e.g., I called it a week ago) are rooted in biases. To determine if hydroxychloroquine "works" requires a randomized, double blind trial and even then drug efficacy is a percentage with some of the best drugs exhibiting <20% efficacy, which means that <20% of people treated showed full benefits of the drug. Obviously the "study" does not do this nor do other studies that have already been conducted. For this study to be more than a critical literature review would require a statistical meta-analysis. For those that are gloating that they knew this you are in fact gleeful that people who are desperate are dying, especially considering that its highly unlikely that you're a qualified medical professional with a background to make such claims... also see the beginning of my post, since even medical professionals can exhibit bias. Have a beautiful day.

James Villalobos
James Villalobos 4 months

If it turns out that it does have some effect, even if it just saves 1/100 people, this move by the NIH will be retrospectively seen as EVIL. Small sample size, statistically sketchy numbers, seeming to indicate that it WORSENS the disease?!? Nope, sorry, this is the NIH jumping to conclusions and this action has vastly more potential for harm than Trump suggesting we try something because "it may work"

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