Trump pushes FDA to use anti-malaria drug for coronavirus

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FDA replies: “Not so fast,” so Trump calls for progress on other alternative remedies


The coronavirus pandemic is not a laughing matter. And Trump’s and his team’s handling of the crisis is tragic, not funny. Yesterday I posted a column entitled “2020 Election: American Nightmare?” I felt t was so important, I forwarded the post in a letter to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel (

This morning, the renowned author, professor and historian, Jon Meacham wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled ‘We Can’t Let Coronavirus Postpone Elections” ( Here is, in part, what Meacham wrote: “…for chaos could lead to a nightmare scenario: the possibility that President Trump might take advantage of the unfolding health crisis to delay the November election.”

As we face one of the greatest crises in our lifetimes, led by the most incompetent leader in our history, as we “shelter in place” in California and undoubtably soon in other states and cities, as we sink deeper into this dystopian reality that is not fiction, we still need to smile and to laugh (but alas, not hug). Hopefully my little bit of satirical humor will help. I hope so. Because if we can’t laugh in the face of adversity, we’re doomed.

So forgive me for both the “You can’t make this up” and the “I actually made this up” commentary below.

Multiple news organizations reported that President Trump announced that “an anti-malaria drug has been approved for use in treating coronavirus symptoms.

The drug Hydroxychloroquine, more commonly known, according to Trump, as Hydroxychloroquine, and used on malaria and arthritis patients, will be made available “almost immediately” to coronavirus patients with a prescription, Trump said during the administration’s coronavirus task force briefing on Thursday. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has slashed red tape so they could fast track the approval of the drug’s new use,” he added. It has had “very encouraging early results” in tests on COVID-19, he said, adding that the coronavirus pandemic was now a “medical war.”

Trump said people would be trying the drug “literally within a few days.”

Almost immediately, however, the FDA cautioned a more measured approach. cautioning that widespread use was still a long way off.

Emily Litella

Around the Block’s fact-checker, Miss Emily Litella, when asked about Trump’s assertions said simply, “Never mind.”

Trump’s Potential Covid-19 Solutions

Although not mentioned in the president’s press conference today, Around the Block has learned that Trump demanded his medical team, the FDA, the CDC and the NIH to work harder at finding a solution. Among the procedures Trump requested immediate action on were: Bloodletting, Charms, Trepanning, plants and herbs such as Deadly Nightshade, Lungwort, Toothwort and Skullcap, and, most promising in Trump’s learned opinion, Leech Therapy.

Leech therapy

Results of these new, breakthrough remedies will be announced, according to Vice President and coronavirus task force leader, Mike Pence, “very soon.”

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

2 thoughts on “Trump pushes FDA to use anti-malaria drug for coronavirus

  1. This morning I finally watched his news conference, usually I can’t stand to do it, but Mickey was out of the room so I watched. He puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens it. He was angry that Fauci didn’t agree with him about the efficacy of chloroquine for this pandemic and you see him fuming, and fuming. When the reporter from NBC asked him a question he took after him like a school yard bully. The man is completely incapable of handling any kind of input that doesn’t agree wit what he says. We are in so much trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  2. SO, since I take Hydroxichloraquine daily, for others last 10 years, I am immune. If my doc approves I will order enough for all of us., price not yet determined.

    Sent from my iPad



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