Vice President Mike Pence was exposed to an individual who tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Now, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, he has announced that he is not taking Hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic, unlike President Trump.
When asked if he is taking hydroxychloroquine, Pence said, “I’m not but I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician. hydroxychloroquine is a dug that has been around for more than 40 years for the treatment of malaria. Early in this process the FDA approved what’s called off label use, that physicians could prescribe hydroxychloroquine in terms that they deemed appropriate.”
Trump, for his part, made headlines this week after he stated that he was taking the medication at the advice of his doctor. Among other things, it prompted Nancy Pelosi to devolve into sophomoric insults about the President’s physical appearance.
Pence’s doctor didn’t advise the use of the medication, emphasizing the role of the physician’s instincts in dealing with a novel virus. Pence’s doctor is taking a different tack from Trump’s, which is how medicine works.
Here’s an example of how not to do medicine. Fox’s Neil Cavuto appeared to have a mini-meltdown when given the news about Trump’s use of the drug, exclaiming: “I cannot stress enough: This will kill you.”
Who gave Cavuto his MD? Oh wait, he doesn’t have one. Meanwhile, many real MD’s are (carefully) proscribing hydroxychloroquine when appropriate.
Here’s another example: On The View, co-host Joy Behar scolded coronavirus survivor Tom Kelly (R-PA) for taking Hydroxychloroquine during his battle with the disease, saying: “I can’t believe anyone with a brain would take that stuff.”
I can’t believe anyone with a brain is still watching The View. Behar’s comment is an example of the danger of politicized medicine.
Hydroxychloroquine is a proven, tested drug that thousands of people take for other diseases. Like all medications, it can have side effects, some of which can be very deadly indeed.
That’s why we have doctors, and why doctors sometimes differ as to the best course to avoid the greater risk.
Trump’s doctor may think differently than Pence’s, but at least both are thinking, which is more than you can say for Cavuto and Behar.