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.

    Europe

    French unions announce more marches after Tuesday’s success

    ParisFollowing the second day of mass mobilisation against the Macron administration's pension reform, the unions have announced new social movements on 7 and 11 February.

    Orban: ‘The current political system in Europe will collapse’

    BudapestIn an interview with the Austrian daily eXXpress, Viktor Orban, Hungary's Prime Minister said he was convinced that the current political system in Europe would collapse within this decade.

    German FM ‘accidentally’ declares war on Russia, riles Africa

    StrasbourgThe “accidental” declaration of war on Russia by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Green Party) has stirred up the political classes. Moscow sees evidence that the EU states are "direct warring parties" and the Kremlin has demanded an explanation.

    Hungarian opposition: More illegal US funds than previously known

    BudapestThe result of parliamentary elections in Hungary in April 2022 has been the bane of the opposition. The defeated movement around Péter Márki-Zay received illegal funds from the US on a larger scale than previously thought, according to a recently declassified intel report. Most media outlets have been silent about it.

    WHO introduces a global patient file

    GenevaThe WHO has introduced a global patient file with the vaccinated and unvaccinated to be codified in future.

    Macron deputy consumes cocaine but justice system closes investigation

    ParisAn investigation by Médiapart revealed that the Renaissance deputy of Hauts-de-Seine Emmanuel Pellerin used cocaine, before as well as after his election.

    Sweden’s NATO membership bid goes up in smoke

    StockholmAfter the burning of the Quran in Stockholm, Turkey has no intention of allowing Sweden to join NATO. Sweden's Prime Minister, on the other hand, pointed to the importance of freedom of expression. The NATO Secretary General also spoke up on the matter.

    Internal EU report: Asylum applications has increased by half except in Hungary

    BerlinThe asylum disaster continues unabated in 2023. According to a confidential "Status Report on Migration and Refugees" by the EU Commission dated January 11, the number of asylum applications in the EU rose by around half in the past year to well over 900 000.

    French pension reform: 150 000 young demonstrators according to organisers

    ParisSome 150 000 students marched in Paris on January 21 against pension reform, according to the youth organisations that initiated the demonstration, but only 14 000 according to sources close to the Macron administration.

    Corruption thriller: Zelensky’s deputy minister arrested

    KievJust 14 days after the President of the Ukrainian National Bank (who is said to have embezzled 5,42 million euros) applied for asylum in Austria, Deputy Minister Wassyl Losynsky was arrested.  

    Go to archive