Dr. Ali Hassoun at Huntsville Hospital says he does understand it is a temporary suspension. But he is still giving it to patients and has not seen any safety concerns from it.
Dr. Hassoun says hydroxychloroquine is one of the most debated drugs he’s seen in the medical community in a long time.
He says he also thinks many of the patients in the group had other health issues to begin with.
“They had for example came in with much more critical illness, they are more elderly. And these are all risk factors for complication for COVID. And it happened to be, and that’s common. When we see patient, we’re going to start medication when they’re more severe and critical, and it happened to be hydroxychloroquine,” Dr. Hassoun said.
Dr. Hassoun also mentioned he is treating a select number of patients with remdesivir. He says he hasn’t had any safety concerns with that drug either, but is closely monitoring patients.