Skip to Content

Professor Didier Raoult in video recorded at his Marseille institute on Jan. 21. Screen shot

Are hydrochloroquin and azithromycin the cure for Covid-19?

According to Dr Jeff Colyer, the former governor of Kansas who is a practicing physician, the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, is continuing to show "promising" results in Coronavirus patients.

Published: April 3, 2020, 4:16 am

    Read more

    On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal quoted Colyer, noting that “one day we will look backward in awe” since there is now new data supporting this treatment.

    “Kansas City area physicians, including Joe Brewer, Dan Hinthorn and me, continue to treat many patients, and some have shown improvement. Major medical centers including the University of Washington and Mass General have added hydroxychloroquine to treatment options.”

    Doctors are using two drugs in combination — hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, to treat patients with advanced Covid-19 symptoms. “We use a regimen reported in a recent open-label trial in Marseille, France, which was updated March 26, and which doctors may modify in any given case.”

    Clinical information that has emerged from the initial Chinese outbreak, show that Wuhan doctors observed that patients with lupus—a disease for which hydroxychloroquine is a common treatment, did not seem to develop Covid-19.

    Of 178 hospital patients in Wuhan who tested positive, none had lupus and none were on hydroxychloroquine. None of the dermatology department’s 80 lupus patients were infected with the novel Coronavirus. The Wuhan doctors then decided to treat 20 Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine.

    “Clinical symptoms improved significantly in 1 to 2 days. After five days of chest CT examination, 19 cases showed significant absorption improvement.”

    Azithromycin, an antibiotic was combined with hydroxychloroquine. The French study showed that 57 percent of 14 Covid-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine without azithromycin tested negative for the virus on a nasal swab on day six. But 100 percent of the six patients who received both tested negative on day six.

    Of the 16 infected patients at another hospital who did not receive either treatment, only 12 percent tested negative on day six. Although these are small samples, they are significant.

    The authors of the French study published the results of an additional 80 hospitalized patients receiving a combination of both drugs last week. By day eight of treatment, 93 percent showed a negative nasopharyngeal swab for the virus.

    “This allowed patients to rapidly be discharged from highly contagious wards with a mean length of stay of five days. Other teams should urgently evaluate this cost-effective therapeutic strategy, to both avoid the spread of the disease and treat patients as soon as possible before severe respiratory irreversible complications take hold.”

    For several weeks, French doctor Professor Didier Raoult has been at the heart of this debate. The popular infectious disease specialist advocates the use of these drugs to treat the novel Coronavirus. The use of this antimalarial drug, which was recently authorized by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, has been violently attacked by certain personalities close to Big Pharma.

    Invited to LCI, ex-MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit did not hesitate to harshly insult the professor.

    For several weeks now, Professor Raoult has been touting the merits of chloroquine, but those within the scientific community working for Big Pharma, have complained about many “side effects”. On March 16, the infectious disease specialist announced that he had obtained a 75 percent rate of cured patients by using chloroquine on 24 patients at his Marseille hospital.

    Last week, Raoult walked out of Emmanuel Macron’s Scientific Council and published a new study, this time based on 80 patients and attesting to the effectiveness of chloroquine coupled with the antibiotic in the fight against Covid-19. Finally, on March 26, the French government authorized the use of this treatment. The United States and Russia have also decided to use it to treat hospital patients.

    Professor Didier Raoult, who is one of the world’s top 5 scientists on communicable diseases, has argued that the approach of mass quarantine is both inefficient and outdated and that large-scale testing and treatment of suspected cases achieves far better results.

    Early on, Raoult suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine (Chloroquine or Plaquenil), a well-known, simple, and inexpensive drug, has shown efficacy with previous Coronaviruses such as SARS.

    By mid-February 2020, clinical trials at his institute and in China already confirmed that the drug could reduce the viral load and bring spectacular improvement. The Chinese scientists published their first trials on more than 100 patients and announced that the Chinese National Health Commission would recommend Chloroquine in their new guidelines to treat Covid-19.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Rentia Diedericks

      Raoult noted with irony that it was not impossible that the discovery of a new therapeutic utility for a drug that had long been in the public domain would be disappointing for all those hoping for a Nobel Prize thanks to the shattering discovery of a new molecule or a vaccine… without forgetting the prospect of tens of billions of dollars in [drug company] revenue lost, because chloroquine literally costs nothing.

      And he continued: “There is a health emergency and we know how to cure the disease with a medicine that we know perfectly well. You have to know where the priorities are. Faced with the reality of the epidemic, it’s necessary to stop the panic and test everyone without waiting for their case to get worse to better treat them.”

    • Islander

      Cohn-Bendit is a pedophile scumbag!

    Europe

    Security and privacy experts sound the alarm on contact tracing apps

    The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 became the starting point for massive surveillance of the world's citizens, and not least in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Maghreb singer accuses French police of blanket racism

    ParisFor the deputy of the National Rally in France, the speech of the singer Camélia Jordana on Saturday evening claiming she is afraid when she sees a police officer, is a typical example of the excesses of the cultural left: They prefer to defend the delinquents rather than the police.

    Provocative statements from Turkey against Greece continue

    IstanbulThe Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar during his visit to a Turkish naval base, spoke of "harassment in the Aegean" in recent days, which he described as a "very serious challenge", adding that he could not "explain them".

    The controversy over hydroxychloroquine intensifies

    WashingtonAmerican scientists concluded in a study that chloroquine was ineffective against Covid-19. The release of the study coincided with bad news about the US drug Remdesivir.

    Deaths in Swedish nursing homes hidden by municipalities

    In the "humanitarian superpower" Sweden, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic by public health authorities has defied the most basic sense of medical ethics.

    German politician: ‘Why should we risk our relations with China?’

    BerlinDr. Maximilian Krah, member of the European Parliament for the Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and Vice Chairman of the EP China Friendship Group in an exclusive FreeWestMedia interview.

    Senior European WHO official predicts second deadly virus wave

    LondonAccording to information from a British daily, a senior European official of the WHO predicts that a second peak of the virus outbreak could coincide with outbreaks of other infectious diseases.

    Thousands demonstrate in Germany against confinement

    BerlinThousands of Germans demonstrated nationwide again this weekend against Corona confinement requirements. Citizens who are afraid for their jobs, rallied alongside extremists and opponents of vaccination.

    Covid-19 information ‘better on YouTube than in traditional media’

    MarseilleThe world-renowned French virologist from Marseille, Prof Didier Raoult, believes that he is being identified as a "fake news" propagator because he discloses information buried by the mainstream media.

    French pharmaceutical giant to give vaccine priority to… Americans

    ParisWhile the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has pleaded for a cooperation agreement with an American health authority, many voices were raised to condemn the position of the laboratory.

    Go to archive