AMA caves on Plaquenil

The AMA ain’t what it used to be. Most docs, yours truly included, have had full and fulfilling careers without paying for an AMA card. Yet, what the organization says still carries some weight, so when they added their heft to the anti-Plaquenil for COVID movement when it first looked like there might be something there, it didn’t help those who remained proponents. So when they slipped the following language into the 10/30/20 addendum to the Delegates Handbook for the upcoming November annual meeting, you’d think we would have heard more about it.

“Resolved, that our American Medical Association rescind its statement calling for physicians to stop prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine until sufficient evidence becomes available to conclusively illustrate that the harm associated with use outweighs benefit early in the disease course”.

You can read it all here. It’s resolution 509 on pages 16 and 17:

But if you do a Google search on “AMA” and “Plaquenil” all you get are all their earlier warnings, which in this resolution they state were based on potential side effects that did not pan out.

So what we have here is an Emily Litella situation.

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.

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