Despite News, Possible Coronavirus Drugs Still in Test Phase
You’re probably hearing a lot about different drugs that are being used to treat coronavirus. For example, choloroquine and its brand-named cousin Plaquenil were recently in the news.
While you may see these drugs and others on TV or in your Facbook feed, it’s important to remember that doctors and researchers are just testing the drugs. They’re not yet proven to be effective. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved a drug to treat COVID-19 — just medications to test.
Indeed, doctors are still scrambling to find an effective treatment for the disease, and while some drugs have shown promise, others have had no effect at all.
That hasn’t stopped worried patients from calling their doctors and asking for prescriptions. Unfortunately, just like panic buys of surgical masks, trying to get a prescription for a drug that hasn’t been shown to be effective against coronavirus causes more harm than good. It can cause shortages and take the experimental medication away from someone who is in a life-threatening situation.
If a drug is found that’s effective, your MDVIP-affiliated physician will be one of the first to know. For now, know that the medical community is working hard to find effective treatment and ultimately a vaccine for this new virus.
If you’ve been exposed to coronavirus or have symptoms consistent with it (dry cough, fatigue, fever above 100.4 degrees, shortness of breath) get in touch with your MDVIP-affiliated doctor. They can help direct you to where you can be tested. If you have other medical issues, your MDVIP-affiliated doctor wants to hear from you. Just call the office before you go in, as you would normally. Some procedures may have changed.