Malibu Doctor Gets FDA Approval To Test Hydroxychloroquine To Prevent Or Treat COVID-19
Written by 991KBU on May 23, 2020
A Malibu doctor and genetic sequencing lab researcher is hoping to keep politics out of her effort to determine if hydroxychloroquine works against coronavirus … as her lab starts FDA-approved tests on “hydroxy” to see if it can either prevent COVID-19.
Hydroxychloroquine is nicknamed “hydroxy” by President Donald Trump.
It’s his drug of choice to ward off Coronavirus and the disease it causes … COVID-19.
The local tests … to both prevent getting the disease … and to treat the disease .. come the same week that medical journals around the world cast doubt on the drug.
Studies printed in The Lancet and other journals said the drug may do more harm than good, overall, because of their ill effects on people’s hearts.
The New York Times reported today that the study reported in The Lancet could not be considered definitive, due to its observational status and the lack of population randomness.
Doctor Sabine Hazan … is a practicing gastroentrologist who lives in Malibu.
She runs Progenabiome … which is a genetic sequencing lab and contract research organization off the 101 freeway in Ventura.
Progenabiome has 39 ongoing clinical trials related to immunity and disease.
The lab is already conducting three COVID-19 studies … to attempt to validate testing … to test a way to prevent getting the disease … and a test of at-home treatment protocols for the novel coronavirus.
Doctor Hazan’s research lab is now starting two clinical trials … approved by the F-D-A … that include hydroxychloroquine.
One clinical trial is for the prevention of COVID, an approach President Trump is pursuing for himself.
The second clinical trial is for the treatment of COVID.
Doctor Hazan says “many people have called for clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine.
“We hope and expect these two clinical trials to provide definitive data on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine for the prevention and treatment of COVID.”
Progenabiome is now accepting patients for its patented protocols that were written two months ago by Dr. Hazan.
The prevention protocol includes a synergistic combination of the hydroxychloroquine with four other substances … Azithromycin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc.
The Malibu doctor notes that questions have been raised about hydroxychloroquine and heart complications.
In fact .. the FDA has also recommended that this drug not be used.
Bur Hazan says Progenabiome’s Chief Medical Officer is a cardiologist … who will screen and monitor the test patients for heart issues.
The New York Times reported today that hydroxychloroquine was found to not help coronavirus patients and may have done harm, according to The Lancet.
That study was based on the records of nearly 15,000 patients who received hydroxychloroquine and a closely-related drug, and 81,000 who did not.
Some were also given the antibiotic azithromycin, or a related medicine.
People who received the drugs were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms, according to the study in The Lancet.
They were also more likely to die.
But The New York Times concluded that this study’s findings were not definitive, because the study was observational, meaning that the patients were not picked at random to receive the drug or not, and may have had underlying differences that affected their outcomes.
The findings match those of several earlier observational studies that also found no benefit and possible harm from the drugs, and that have led some medical centers to stop recommending their use.
Hazan has been a practicing gastroenterologist and clinical trials investigator for over 25 years. She has participated in more than 150 clinical trials for the pharmaceutical and nutrition industries.
Dr. Hazan launched Progenabiome in 2018 to investigate the role of the gut microbiome in various diseases and conditions.
The number of Coronavirus cases in Malibu … steady at 35 … with two deaths that we know of in Malibu itself.
In the surrounding unincorporated LA county section of the santa Moncia Mountains….20 cases now.
A big increase also in Calabasas … for some reason … 52 caes reported now.
Agoura Hills … 33.
Pacific Palisades … 46.
Santa Monica 245.