What do we have to lose with hydroxychloroquine? Evidence that might save lives

Apr 17, 2020

The president’s “really good feeling” about hydroxychloroquine (HQC), and his reckless propaganda about the drug’s potential value for COVID-19, present a textbook argument for the central role of humility, or the recognition of our susceptibility to false promise, in science. There are thousands of examples of the seductive power of false promise in science. But such an approach would almost certainly cause harm and even hasten the death of many patients, even if it did help others. It would also simultaneously deprive us of the kind of evidence that doctors and regulators need in order to fulfill their ethical obligations to patients. This evidence can only come from RCTs. The Hill


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