Dr. George Fareed sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week regarding his opinion and experience with the HCQ cocktail in treating COVID-19 patients. He worked with several other physicians and has since added new signatures to his letter to the state and federal government.
Here is their letter:
We are physicians in Imperial County, California, that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We take care of patients on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, as well as nursing home patients, the most vulnerable among us.
We are writing this letter so that you better understand the outpatient-based approach that we and other physicians are taking in regard to COVID-19.
In our attempts to keep people alive, we have had an opportunity to use many different types of treatments — remdesivir, dexamethasone, convalescent plasma replacement, etc. Yet, by far the best tool beyond supportive care with oxygen has been the combination of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), with either azithromycin or doxycycline, and zinc. This “HCQ cocktail” (that costs less than $100) has enabled us to prevent patients from being admitted to the hospital, as well as help those patients that are hospitalized. The key is giving the HCQ cocktail early, within the first five to seven days of the disease.
We, the undersigned, urge your rapid employment of the plan presented in this letter.
George Fareed, M.D.
Brian Tyson, M.D.
Julio Martinez, M.D.
Vijay Mahandrakar, M.D.
Clara Padron-Spence, M.D.
Jorge Robles, M.D.
Lorenzo Suarez, M.D.
Kestutis Kuraitis, M.D.
Athar Ansari, M.D.