President of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Explains FDA Injunction To Remove Block on Vaccine

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Dr. Jane Orient, the President of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, explains the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withholding the vital anti-viral drug, Hydroxychloroquine, in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus by blocking the distribution.


Yale epidemiologist Harvey Frisch told Laura Ingraham that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) could save up to 100,000 lives. But you probably won't be able to get it. If you have symptomsof COVID-19, with or  without a positive test, your doctor may tell you to stay home, isolate yourself, take Tylenol for symptoms, and go to the ER if you can't breathe.


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Once in the hospital, you might—or might not—get the $3,000 new drug Remdesivir or qualify for a clinical trial. If you get HCQ it will likely be too late to help. Antiviral drugs need to be given early.

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HCQ was FDA approved in 1955 and has been taken safely by hundreds of millions of people. High government officials who are determining federal policy insist in private that doctors have the legal authority to prescribe HCQ or other FDA-approved drugs for "off-label" uses.


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However, the FDA has refused to reverse statements that state and local authorities cite to threaten doctors or pharmacists who provide you with this cheap remedy.

AAPS has filed for an injunction to force the FDA to stop obstructing use of this drug, while it hoards and wastes the millions of doses that manufacturers donated to the Strategic National Stockpile.

The injunction begins, "In this lawsuit against Defendants' interference with access to hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID-19, their opposition brief says nothing in substantive defense of their conduct. Less than 10% of their brief even mentions Plaintiff's pending motion for a preliminary injunction.


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Instead, Defendants argue that Plaintiff somehow lacks standing and a cause of action to challenge Defendants' waste of the HCQ in the Strategic National Stockpile ("Stockpile"), their false statements upon which States rely to block HCQ access, and their related wrongful conduct. Nearly everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and Defendants' interference with medication for it."

If a drug could save 100,000 lives, then government agencies that block its use are responsible for 100,000 needless deaths.


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In some countries in Central America, officials are going door to door to distribute HCQ. Poor countries that allow free use of HCQ have far lower death rates than rich countries that hinder it.

For a summary of the evidence on HCQ, see


Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for schoolchildren, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. 

More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

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