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Doctors find hydroxychloroquin success rate at 91%, urge Arizona governor to make drug available

Arizona GOP Governor Ducey asked to rescind executive orders forbidding prescriptions of the drug to prevent coronavirus

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Updated: May 7, 2020 - 9:51am

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A doctors group reportedly says hydroxychloroquine has helped over 90% of coronavirus patients improve and are urging Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey to rescind his executive orders forbidding prescriptions of the drug for the prevention of the virus.

“We believe that there is clear and convincing evidence of benefit both pre-exposure and post-exposure,” Association of American Physicians and Surgeons officials Dr. Michael Robb and Dr. Jane Orient wrote to Ducey, according to The Epoch Times.

Other studies have cast doubt about the efficacy of the hydroxychloroquine, including ones in France and Israel.

The study in France, announced in mid-April, found no evidence of success in treating patients hospitalized for the virus and requiring oxygen.

Hydroxychloroquine has been long been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malaria and lupus and recently received emergency FDA approval to use on coronavirus patients.

The doctors reportedly reached the conclusion after looking at data through April 20 related to 2,333 patients from multiple countries treated with hydroxychloroquine, including some treated in combination with zinc or azithromycin. They found 91.6% of the patients improved clinically.

However, most of the data appears anecdotal and not obtained through official studies. In some cases, the name of the doctor is listed but no other information is included.