Remarks: Parliamentary Speech : (COVID-19 HCQ Triple Treatment Therapy) Today as Australian MP Craig Kelly. The withholding of Hydroxychloroquine is happening in Australia; the current interference between the Doctor and Patient concerning COVID-19 HCQ Triple Treatment Therapy or as is commonly known as the “The Zelenko Protocol” is nothing short of immoral. FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/08/27/2020-aug-25-au-mp-craig-kelly-parliamentary-speech-on-covid-19-hcq-triple-treatment-therapy/
Australia National COVID-19 Task Force: used the failed study that has been retracted by Lancet as the data was false
THE HON. Craig Kelly MP, delivered a speech to Parliament on the current status of hydroxychloroquine restrictions in Australia. He referenced ‘late treatment’ studies that do not have relevance to the current restrictions in place, referenced to large numbers of observational studies of early treatment with positive hydroxychloriquine efficacy from around the world, and put to Parliament that it is immoral to remove a doctor’s freedoms to prescribe it to a patient that has contracted COVID.
He acknowledged the “many brave doctors out there supporting this (early hydroxychloroquine treatment), and speaking out against a media group-think.”
Mr Kelly also requested that the National COVID Evidence Taskforce look at the evidence; to make separate recommendations for use of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis and in the early stage of treatment for patients who have contracted Covid-19.1)SEE URL: https://www.palmerfoundation.com.au/craig-kelly-mp-delivers-powerful-parliamentary-speech-on-hydroxychloroquine/
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 AUG 25 | Author: Craig Kelly MP Member For Hughes, NSW | Article Title: Parliamentary Speech: Hydroxychloroquine - immoral to remove a doctor's freedoms to prescribe it to a patient that has contracted COVID. | Article Link: CraigKellyMP
THE MEDICAL BUREAUCRATS CANT HELP THEMSELVES AND JUST DIG THEIR TOES IN DEEPER
TGA AU: Amendments to the new restrictions on prescribing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 Update 26 August 20202)SOURCE: https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/amendments-new-restrictions-prescribing-hydroxychloroquine-covid-19
Further to the information published below, the TGA reiterates its advice that it strongly discourages the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 (including in hospitalised patients) or prevent COVID-193)Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 Emerging evidence about this medicine. Updated 11 August 2020 SEE URL https://www.nps.org.au/, unless the patient is enrolled in a clinical trial, which will have safety monitoring protocols and oversight by a Human Research Ethics Committee.
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce upgraded the strength of its recommendation against the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials4)National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce: Update 07 August 2020 ‘Do not use’: National Taskforce strengthens its recommendation against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. SEE URL https://covid19evidence.net.au/wp-content/uploads/MR_Taskforce_hydroxychlororoquine.pdf [SEE RIGHT]
On 7 August 2020. The Taskforce comprises 29 peak health professional bodies whose members treat people with COVID-19.
The TGA is closely monitoring clinical studies in Australia and around the world investigating the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. The interim results of a large trial conducted by the World Health Organization (the SOLIDARITY trial)5)ORIGINAL SOURCE: SEE URL https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/04-07-2020-who-discontinues-hydroxychloroquine-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-treatment-arms-for-covid-19 found that hydroxychloroquine produced little or no reduction in the death of hospitalised patients with COVID-19, leading to halting of the hydroxychloroquine arm of that study.
Similar studies by the US National Institutes of Health (the ORCHID study)6)ORIGINAL SOURCE: NIH halts clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (Study shows treatment does no harm, but provides no benefit) SEE URL https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-halts-clinical-trial-hydroxychloroquine and Oxford University (The RECOVERY trial (pdf,471kb)7)ORIGINAL SOURCE: RECOVERY trial: No clinical benefit from use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 https://www.recoverytrial.net/files/hcq-recovery-statement-050620-final-002.pdf were halted after showing no benefit of hydroxychloroquine.
These studies were all randomised controlled trials that are less prone to bias compared to non-randomised trials. Recent media commentary claiming that hydroxychloroquine, on its own or in combination with azithromycin or zinc, is effective for the treatment of COVID-19 has tended to refer to research findings from clinical studies that were non-randomised and therefore provide less reliable evidence.
Similar to the TGA’s current position on the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine outside of clinical trial settings8)SEE URL: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-cautions-against-use-hydroxychloroquine-or-chloroquine-covid-19-outside-hospital-setting-or and has revoked the Emergency Use Authorisation that was previously in effect. The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has suspended recruitment to all studies of hydroxychloroquine9)SEE URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-suspends-recruitment-to-covid-19-hydroxychloroquine-trials for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.
SBS HEADLINES: Liberal MP says Doctors should be Given Choice Over Issuing Controversial Drug to COVID-19 Patients
The federal member for Hughes, Craig Kelly, told The Feed that doctors should be given the choice to prescribe hydroxychloroquine — a controversial anti-malaria drug — to patients with COVID-19. But medical experts said the drug is ineffective in treating the virus and has harmful side effects.
The drug hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and some autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Promoted by US President Donald Trump, the drug has attracted substantial controversy when it comes to its effectiveness in treating and preventing COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation dropped clinical trials on the drug in July after finding it produced “little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients.”
An AMA spokesperson told The Feed “the existing high-quality evidence” shows the drug “should not be used on a wider scale”.
“The AMA is once again urging Australians not to seek out or use hydroxychloroquine to ‘cure’ or ‘prevent’ the COVID-19 virus,” the spokesperson said.
Australia’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and Therapeutic Goods Association have also stated that the drug should not be used as a treatment for anyone with COVID-19.
But federal MP for Hughes, Craig Kelly told The Feed he believes the choice to prescribe the drug should be in the hands of the doctors themselves.
“I’m not saying take the drug. I’m not saying the drug works, but I’m saying the doctor should be free to sit down with their patient and make a decision,” Mr Kelly told The Feed.
“Other countries around the world are using this drug and it has shown very, very successful results…You’ve got countries like India, Qatar, Costa Rica, Morocco and Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, the list goes on and on of countries whose medical boards have recommended this drug,” he said.
In recent months, Mr Kelly has shared a number of articles and videos discussing the benefits of the drug to his almost 50,000 Facebook followers, claiming there is a “political war on hydroxychloroquine”.
“There is a special place in hell awaiting those that have been part of the war on Hydroxychloroquine for poltical [sic] reasons. They have the blood of tens of thousands on their hands,” Mr Kelly wrote on Facebook.
“The weight of medical studies indicate that EARLY use of Hydroxychloroquine saves lives,” the backbencher wrote in another post.
Mr Kelly’s online comments have drawn heavy backlash from the opposition with Labor’s Shadow Health Minister, Chris Bowen, labelling his posts a “Trumpian rant”.
Labor Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also weighed in commenting: “I was shocked by them, that any member of Parliament would be so irresponsible at a time where Victorians are doing it tough.”
But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed silent on the issue, refusing to comment in a press conference earlier this month.
“I’m not going to get onto what people talk about on Facebook on a day like this,” he said.
While Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said: “in terms of its use for COVID – 19 the jury is pretty much out, it doesn’t work.”
The Feed has reached out to the Prime Minister’s office for comment but did not receive a response.
I’m not going to do Craig Kelly the favour of reposting his offensive & dangerous FB message on Hydroxychloroquine. Suffice it to say there is one body which determines drug safety & efficacy & it’s the TGA. Trumpian rants by Liberal MPs have no place in fighting this pandemic.
— Chris Bowen (@Bowenchris) August 2, 2020
It’s not the first time Craig Kelly has broached controversy; he’s previously challenged links between climate change and drought in parliament and appeared in a fiery segment with Good Morning Britain where he said record fuel loads and drought were the key reason behind the summer’s bushfire crisis.
“I know I’m sticking my neck out saying these things”
Mr Kelly said he became passionate about hydroxychloroquine after someone sent him a video of a US doctor pleading President Trump to look into the drug as it was “highly successful”.
“I put that up because I thought this was the time that people needed some good news… I first checked to make sure it was a legitimate doctor and legitimate video and I posted that to my Facebook page,” Mr Kelly said.
“The next day, Facebook deleted it and had censored that doctor’s video. A social media expert at Facebook, to me, should have no right to censor the medical opinion of a highly respected doctor. And when someone wants to censor something, and stop me from reading it, I think it makes me want to look at it more,” he added.
Facebook has been taking down videos they consider to contain COVID-19 misinformation.
The Liberal MP told The Feed, “I know what I’m saying seems all a bit far-fetched. I know I’m sticking my neck out saying these things.
But yeah, I’ve looked at this very carefully. And, you know, I’ve read everything I can.”
Mr Kelly said he believes there are many reasons why people are “desperate to see that [hydroxychloroquine] doesn’t work”.
“One is because President Trump said the drug works. So there’s definitely been a blowback on that,” he said.
“I think there’s a factor that hydroxychloroquine treatments, the tablets and the treatment that the doctors are prescribing… You’re talking 10 tablets. You book your treatment that costs less than $10. As with the other medical treatments are costing thousands,” he added.
Amid the broader global debate over the use of hydroxychloroquine, the Australian Border Force has detected an increase in the importation of the drug, and have issued multiple warnings about its illegal importation.
Source: Australian Border Force Newsroom
“ABF officers have seized more than 26,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine between January 1 2020 and June 21 2020,” the ABF said.
ABF Assistant Commissioner, Erin Dale warned Australians not to take drugs for COVID-19 that have not been prescribed “by a medical health professional”.
“It is illegal to bring these substances into Australia without the proper permits and I strongly urge Australians against importing these items,” Dale said.
When asked if his social media posts may encourage Australians to seek out the drug without a prescription, Mr Kelly told The Feed: “no, because they should obviously always listen to their doctor. The black markets come around by the ban, not by commentary from me.”
The weight of the evidence
Professor Andrew McLachlan is the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. He told The Feed that “passionate belief doesn’t make up for rigorous evidence.”
“We look at the weight of evidence. One study shows it’s favourable, one might not. Some studies have appeared in the media without appropriate peer-review,” Professor McLachlan said.
“So far the evidence is that there is no consensus that hydroxychloroquine is effective at treating and preventing COVID-19 and the evidence shows it potentially harmful.”
On Facebook, Mr Kelly also referenced a Melbourne study about Ivermectin — an antiparasitic drug used to treat head lice and worms — quoting an interview with gastroenterologist Professor Thomas Borody where he said the drug could be a “real killer of coronavirus”.
But Professor McLachlan said while the “treatment was able to disrupt the virus that causes COVID-19… the concentration in the test tube was well over 100x what you can put in the human body.”
“Scientists, the media and the community are desperate for a treatment and so stuff like this gets traction,” he added.
“We know now that physical distance, isolation and detection is really the key to dampening the spread. New Zealand’s success came from rapid testing, isolation, washing hands and wearing masks.”
Craig Kelly would like the government to “consider all the evidence”
When asked what he’d like the government to do in relation to hydroxychloroquine, Mr Kelly said he’d request the National Taskforce to “consider all the evidence”. He claimed it has only studied nine medical papers of 70 that have been written.
“They should look again at the so-called Recovery Trial out of the UK and they should reject that… The studies they should be looking at are those studies [in which] hydroxychloroquine and zinc were given early in the infection,” he said.
“I believe, if you look at all the evidence, the evidence is not there to take that freedom away, and it should be handed back to the effective doctor and patient relationship.”
Professor McLachlan said Australia’s medicines regulator, the TGA, carefully reviews evidence about drugs.
“This process has stood the test of time and should not be thrown out,” he told The Feed.
“The changing times we face has also seen an important role for experts who formed the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce National to rapidly review high-quality evidence to guide the care of people with COVID-19,” he added.
“Not all studies are equal when it comes to guiding treatment selection – only high-quality studies will guide treatment decisions.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS & HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons are suing the FDA to get the use of Hydroxychloriquine released; this reflects how serious their convictions the HCQ is effective part of the Triple Treatment Therapy the claim works
Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Rate Significantly in COVID-19 Patients, Henry Ford Health System Study Shows analysis of 2,541 patients hospitalized across the system’s six hospitals, 13% treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine died. None had serious heart abnormalities; patients were monitored for a heart condition routinely.
LETTER TO CRAIG KELLY: PDF Craig Kelly MP (Facebook Messenger) 2020 AUG 27 (Gold Standard Study) Hydroxychloroquine)
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 AUG 13 | Author: Eden Gillespie | Article Title: Liberal MP Says Doctors Should Be Given Choice Over Issuing Controversial Drug To COVID-19 Patients | Article Link: sbs.com.au
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|1.||↑||SEE URL: https://www.palmerfoundation.com.au/craig-kelly-mp-delivers-powerful-parliamentary-speech-on-hydroxychloroquine/|
|3.||↑||Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 Emerging evidence about this medicine. Updated 11 August 2020 SEE URL https://www.nps.org.au/|
|4.||↑||National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce: Update 07 August 2020 ‘Do not use’: National Taskforce strengthens its recommendation against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. SEE URL https://covid19evidence.net.au/wp-content/uploads/MR_Taskforce_hydroxychlororoquine.pdf|
|5.||↑||ORIGINAL SOURCE: SEE URL https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/04-07-2020-who-discontinues-hydroxychloroquine-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-treatment-arms-for-covid-19|
|6.||↑||ORIGINAL SOURCE: NIH halts clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (Study shows treatment does no harm, but provides no benefit) SEE URL https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-halts-clinical-trial-hydroxychloroquine|
|7.||↑||ORIGINAL SOURCE: RECOVERY trial: No clinical benefit from use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 https://www.recoverytrial.net/files/hcq-recovery-statement-050620-final-002.pdf|
|8.||↑||SEE URL: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-cautions-against-use-hydroxychloroquine-or-chloroquine-covid-19-outside-hospital-setting-or|
|9.||↑||SEE URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-suspends-recruitment-to-covid-19-hydroxychloroquine-trials|