Toxicologist says anti-malaria drugs show ‘promise’ in treating coronavirus

Malaria drugs are showing “promising” initial results as a potential coronavirus treatment, a toxicologist and economic researcher said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Dr. Chris Martenson said the experimental drugs — including hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin — were made available on Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Although chloroquine has a “spotty past” and is unsafe at certain levels, Martenson noted that at the levels used in studies, the drug seems to “be reasonably safe” and works by allowing zinc to stop viruses from replicating.

In addition, azithromycin could potentially stop secondary infections in damaged lungs, he said.

Martenson, however, warned there are plenty of unknowns.

“Unfortunately, we don’t know a lot yet about how this is really going to behave in the patient population because the studies in question just involved a couple of dozen people,” he said.

.Martenson, a futurist and co-founder of, said that while a small number of patients saw viral loads going down, long-term effects have yet to be revealed.

“What we don’t know yet is how much better are these patients actually fairing from a long-term outcome?” he said.”And let’s be clear about this: This is not a cure. We don’t know if it works on a preventative basis yet. But what this does is it seems to give a better outcome once in the clinic.”

In the next couple of weeks, Martenson told the “Fox & Friends” hosts there would be expanded trials with the malaria drugs.

“We are going to want to test this against all sorts of different patient populations, different co-morbidities. We are going to want to track the safety of profiles very, very carefully,” he said. “So, in essence, we are going to be running basically live clinical trials on this at this point in time. And there, we are looking for both efficacy and safety, and we need to be really tracking very carefully what the outcomes are.”

Caveats aside, Martenson added: “This is the most promising thing I have seen so far.”

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  1. There you go Knut, more proof for you. Now maybe you can join humanity and cheer for the cure instead of making fun of people trying to save lives.
    I hope this will help solve this plague.

    • Chloroquine has not been approved for coronavirus!

      “We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They’ve gone through the approval process – it’s been approved.”

      However, the FDA has made it clear it has not been approved for treating those infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus.

      “There are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent Covid-19.”

      Why is T* lying about this medicine has been FDA approved, it’s not! Read the last sentence that contradict all he said yesterday.

      We all hope they will find a cure and a vaccine, but it will take time, They can’t rush this through without intensive tests and that will take months before we know the result. A vaccine is 12-18 months away from the market.

      • Chloroquine has been approved but not specifically for the China virus. What part of that don’t you understand Knut? It doesn’t mean we can’t use it, it just means it will need to be monitored. It’s really very simple for people that aren’t clouded by hate.

        • It has been approved since the 40’s, it’s an old medicin against Malaria. All medicines in use has been approved to solved some specific diseases, that doesn’t mean they will be of any help against other without intensiv testing that will take a long time!

          T* told us yesterday that it already was approved against Corona, that was not true! Why is lying all the time?

          To talk with people suffering from the TWS-syndrom is a waste of time 😀

          • The malaria drug has been used against the Chinese virus since it began. When people are sick they are willing to try almost anything to get better. I think you would too. Trump is trying to help people and you are splitting hairs and parsing words. That’s what evil does in a time of need, much like the Moskali. Why do you hate Trump so much? Or do you just hate the USA?

      • It doesn’t matter if its approved or not, it was used with success 300.000+ times in China and in EU, UK and also I know in Netherlands the FIRST to use old drug…if no contraindications (side effects and other medicins used for other illnesses) If it’s a matter of life and death you would drink a cow’s urine… and

What is your opinion?