The authors of the study measuring the efficacy and risks of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has been retracted at the request of its authors. It was published last month in prominent medical journal The Lancet.
The authors asked for the retraction because, after questions were raised about the data used in the research, independent auditors were denied access to the information required to verify that data, and the study appeared to have no reliable data. The study utilized data from a privately held healthcare analytics company, Surgisphere, which appeared to be a fraud. It only listed having three employees, two of which included a sci-fi writer and adult content model, neither of which appeared to have any background related to performing a medical drug study.
The study’s authors originally said that their analysis of the data showed that hydroxychloroquine use by COVID-19 patients led to a higher risk of serious side effects or death. This finding had a major impact, shifting the medical community’s hopes away from the drug as a potential treatment for the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and this study was used by the liberal news media to attack President Trump who had touted the potential of the drug.
In a retraction published in The Lancet, the study’s authors wrote: “We can never forget the responsibility we have as researchers to scrupulously ensure that we rely on data sources that adhere to our high standards. Based on this development, we can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.” This news came as doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said Thursday that the coronavirus appears to be weakening as it mutates both in virulence and in its infection rate.
The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from this study and this has called into question the integrity of key studies published in some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.
The question arises as to how health organizations could have relied on and touted such a flawed study which used data allegedly compiled by a company whose Chief Executive was known to have had three past malpractice suits brought against him for alleged frauds. A review by The Guardian found obvious glaring flaws in the study. How could our leading health care organizations not have know this before sanctioning and publishing the study which created so much harm and possibly deaths due to the limiting of its use? The answer is primarily due to the leading health organizations being political organizations and, despite reprimanding other persons for not following science, rarely do so themselves if the science contradicts their political views. They wanted to shame Trump for touting the drug and give us another reason to cower in our homes because of COVID-19 and along with their liberal allies in the media and government gain more control over people.
This was further evidenced by over 1,200 prominent health professionals recently signing a petition to not shut down the protests as risky over coronavirus concerns even though there are swarms of crowds with no social distancing. They went on to say that other protests, particularly against stay-home orders, should not be allowed.
Hydroxychloroquine may or may not be an effective treatment for the virus, although it shows promise, but we should put no trust in the politicized health organization’s opinions and President Trump is exactly right to withdraw from the corrupt World Health Organization. Further, we should not let the fraudulent studies and warnings of these health officials keep us cowering at home as they wish but, within the limits of the law and our private doctor’s advice, go live our lives.