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WH's McEnany: CNN's Chris Cuomo Ought To Ask His Brother About Hydroxychloroquine Use In New York

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked CNN's Chris Cuomo, who mocked the president's preventive use of Hydroxychloroquine to avoid COVID-19, telling him to ask his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about the use of the drug in his state and about his own use of the similar but older drug quinine.


QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) get your reaction to something we just got moments ago, a statement from the American Nurses Association which says quote the American Nurses Association has not received reports from nurses or other frontline health care workers utilizing hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment from COVID-19. Why does the president continue to say that many or thousands of frontline workers are using it as a prophylactic?


MCENANY:
Well, there is--Henry Ford hospital is doing a study on this now where 3000 frontline workers will be taking hydroxychloroquine to look at it to use as a prophylaxis. I believe there is a few 100 or 190 workers in Tampa General Hospital, so this is being used by--by some.

And one thing I wanted to note with regard to hydroxychloroquine, because I think it's very important that we are as accurate as we can be with our reporting on this, hydroxychloroquine has been a drug that has been in use for 65 years for lupus, arthritis, and malaria. It has a very good safety profile, but as with any drug and as with any prescription, it should be given by a doctor to a patient in that context. So no one should be taking this without a prescription from the doctor.

But that being said, I've seen a lot of apoplectic coverage of hydroxychloroquine. You had Jimmy Kimmel saying the president's, "Trying to kill himself by taking it." You had Joe Scarborough saying, "This will kill you. Neil Cavuto saying, "What have you got to lose? One thing you have to lose are lives." And you had Chris Cuomo saying, "The president knows that hydroxychloroquine is not supported by science. He knows it has been flying--flagged by his own people and he's using it." Cuomo mocked the president for this.

And Interestingly, I found this out just before coming here, hydroxychloroquine, of course, is an FDA approved medication with a long proven track record for safety. And it turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it called quinine, which the FDA removed from the market in 2006 because of its serious side effects, including death. So really interesting to have that criticism of the president.

And on that note to Chris Cuomo, I'd like to redirect him to his brother, the governor of New York, governor Cuomo who has several on the record statements about hydroxychloroquine saying I'm an optimist. I'm hopeful about the drug and that's why we'll try it here in New York as soon as we get it. There has been anecdotal evidence that it's promising. That's why we're going ahead. And I have about eight other quotes from governor Cuomo should any of you have interest in that.


QUESTION:
Kayleigh, you just cited studies though. They are trials that are in their early phases. Do you have any evidence that thousands of frontline workers are currently using it because they believe it actually will prevent them from getting COVID-19?


MCENANY:
So the FDA--the FDA has approved this for off label use. You know, this president is a big believer in right to try legislation. People who are on their last--


QUESTION:
--(INAUDIBLE) any proof of thousands of workers--


MCENANY:
--There are several studies that have been brought that the president has actually mentioned that I'd refer you to. There was one out of France. A French study involving more than 1000 patients that found that the vast majority had "good clinical outcomes." And by the vast majority, that was more than 90 percent. There was an Italian study of more than 65,000 patients that demonstrated only 20 tested positive of those who were taking it prophylactically, and a South Korea study as well.

So there are several studies. And if you or someone out there and this is a safe drug to use and your doctor importantly to underscore that, and your doctor prescribes it for your use as a practical prophylaxis or after coming into contact with COVID, then it's something you should take. If it's prescribed by the doctor and that's your personal medical choice. Yes?
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