Hands off My Plaquenil?

My young friend Jason, research superstar and damn fine doctor to boot (see “shameless plugs” 2/22/20), is married to Sara, a science writer.  Sara has spent the last little while researching how the patients Jason and I look after see the new interest in one of their mainstay drugs – Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) – as a possible treatment for COVID-19.  Several of my recent posts have devoted space to that, but Sara examines the point of view of those who feel threatened by this interest.   I take the point of view that ramped up production should meet the needs of both rheumatology and coronavirus patients.  Until now, the market for hydroxychloroquine was pretty stagnant and manufacturers had no reason to produce more.

Her article appears in Undark, an interesting non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society, based in Cambridge Mass, where there’s a lot of that about (M.I.T., Harvard and all that).  Here it is: https://undark.org/2020/03/22/hydroxychloroquine-lupus-covid19-coronavirus/

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

One thought on “Hands off My Plaquenil?

  1. Fascinating but not based on REAL clinical, double-blind research, as you well know. Ramp it up, Rheumies!!BarbSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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