Loudoun Delegate Objects to Hydroxychloroquine Treatment Restrictions

As Loudoun County prepares to surpass 5,000 COVID-19 cases, Del. Dave LaRock (R-33) is pressing state leaders to lift restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat symptoms of the disease. 

In a July 30 letter to state Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, LaRock cites a long list of published studies or medical reports that purport to find value in the use of the anti-malaria drug in treating COVID-19 patients. 

The Loudoun delegate is joining a Republican push—led for months by President Donald J. Trump—to support use of the drug. However, most medical experts continue to state its use is likely to do more harm than good. Today on Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, again told lawmakers that no valid study has demonstrated any benefits of the using the drug to treat victims of the pandemic. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against use of the drug following reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other health concerns.  The National Institutes of Health continues to update the list of recommended treatments to include the use of remdesivir, corticosteroids and other medication in specific circumstances, however, it continues to recommend against the use of hydroxychloroquine, alone or in combination with azithromycin.

In his letter, LaRock suggests a conspiracy to prevent use of the drug.

“Events this week have amplified the silencing of doctors and evidence supporting effective, affordable treatment of COVID-19 that has been taking place since the earliest days of the pandemic,” he wrote. “The devastating human, societal, and economic costs of the pandemic and government-mandated shutdowns are increasing daily. Many Americans question whether certain government policies are being made to further the best health outcomes or for political purposes.”

Specifically, LaRock is objecting to Oliver’s March 25 directive to the commonwealth’s doctors. That letter urged them to limit the use hydroxychloroquine in the face of a growing shortage of the drug that is used to treat malaria and some autoimmune diseases, and inconclusive information on its treatment benefits for COVID-19.

LaRock wrote that studies as early as 2005 showed the drug’s ability to treat patients infected with a coronavirus. While other types of coronaviruses have infected humans with illnesses ranging from SARS and MERS to the common cold, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic did not appear in humans until 2019.

“By allowing this directive to remain in effect, you are ignoring widely-available and highly-credible scientific evidence pertaining to the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. While there are many unknowns being sorted out as the world confronts what is called a global pandemic; in contrast, the benefits of this inexpensive drug are very well known,” LaRock wrote.

LaRock charged the restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine are politically—not medically—motivated.

“As knowledge concerning the safety and efficacy of HCQ in treating COVID-19 and saving lives has become more widespread, I have encountered a number of Virginians who have concluded with a sense of outrage that HCQ is being restricted in Virginia not for medical reasons, but for political reasons. Every day this directive is left standing, the likelihood increases that more Virginians will die unnecessarily from COVID-19 for lack of proper early treatment,” he wrote.

As of July 31, 4,995 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Loudoun County, with 335 patients requiring hospitalization and 110 deaths. 

10 thoughts on “Loudoun Delegate Objects to Hydroxychloroquine Treatment Restrictions

  • 2020-07-31 at 5:11 pm

    Thousands of successful cases in Europe and the US by utilizing this medicine. Three problems, (1) Democrats don’t like it because the POTUS likes it and (2) big pharmaceutical companies make literally nothing off it, (3) the gates foundation has interest in a new drug under development and is pushing for that. It’s all about money. BTW/ Dr. Fauci receives an annual consultation fee from the gates foundation, not surprisingly he is not a fan of hydroxychloroquin.

  • 2020-07-31 at 10:13 pm

    The GOP gets dumber and dumber….they have no clue how to govern and don’t understand basic science. LaRock has always been a beat behind. Do your research Dave Boy, Hydro doesn’t work! Idiot.

  • 2020-07-31 at 11:41 pm

    How do clowns such as LaRock get elected in the first place?

  • 2020-07-31 at 11:48 pm

    Someone should investigate whether LaRock has received funds from lobbyists for manufacturers of hydroxy chloriquine or has another beneficial stake tied to the sales of this drug. Who in their right mind would advocate such reckless consumption.

  • 2020-08-01 at 12:17 am

    People have a right to use a drug that has been around for decades and has proven successful for treating COVID in its early stages.

    • 2020-08-05 at 3:43 pm

      I agree with ForLiberty. Let people decide for themselves. Karens like Sedonacat would prefer to tell everyone how to live their lives.

  • 2020-08-01 at 11:50 am

    Delegate La Rock has again shown his allegiance to #45. This irresponsible post though is outrageous adn could endanger our health. At least he did not recommend ingestion of bleach. I suppose that one of the doctors he follows who think it is ok to use hydroxychloroquine is the discredited “demon ejaculator doctor”, Stella Immanuel. Many studies by reputable doctors show that this drug is NOT effective. The effort to discredit the highly reputable Dr. Fauci has included misinformation and mis-quotes. Lastly the FDA has not approved hydroxychloroquine to treat COVOID-19, only Malaria. I ask that Delegate La Rock consider discussing issues like this with Facts. He is entitled to his own opinion but not his own set of FACTS or “Alternative Facts”( thank you Kelly Ann Conway)

  • 2020-08-01 at 3:20 pm

    Mustang, and ForLiberty are correct.

    LaRock has done *real* research, and not just listened to the media. He’s not a sheep led by a media agenda, he digs deep and learns the truth – as we all should. Someday the truth will come out, and oh, what a beautiful day that will be for all of us who have studied the science, and know the truth.

    Huge kudos and gratitude for Mr. LaRock’s diligent service to our community.

    […and NO, I don’t know Mr. LaRock, I don’t work for an agency directly linked to Mr. LaRock, but I do know what I’m talking about. ;)]

  • 2020-08-02 at 9:37 pm

    This virus has sabotaged the global economy yet we still don’t know pretty important details about what it is and what was its origin therefore why should it be surprising that treatments and vaccines seem like a mystery. Our medical experts seem to have been quite involved yet they even differ in evaluating what to do for what it is. Is it just an enhanced version of BTCOV/4991 which infected miners around 2013 before it went to the Wuhan lab for “enhancement studies”? Did Dr. Lieber of Harvard conspire with the Wuhan lab with NIH funding which ended up with a human to human transference of a virus made up of ebola, HIV, SARS and perhaps even another virus? Is that why treatment varies and the virus varies because it is really a platform of engineered viruses released from the Wuhan lab before the Chinese could fully weaponize it? I truly wish this was not an election year so Congress could stop the partisan crap long enough to actually ask the right questions and demand answers instead of posturing for or against the executive branch. This. pandemic which was clearly exacerbated by the Chinese Communist Party allowing international flights out of a quarantined area is seriously harming our children now and their futures which will be encumbered with trillions of extra debt. If somebody wants to take oregano or a high dosage of vitamin C to fight the virus that should be OK (but not to their children) in a free country. For a governor who (as a doctor who is not supposed to do harm) is OK with partial birth abortion I can’t imagine he is serious about restricting anything else medical after all under his rules aren’t we all within our rights to do what we want with our own body? When do we stop electing hypocrites? When will the majority start voting in local elections. so we get better leaders? 🙂

  • 2020-08-05 at 3:33 pm

    I’m not sure what the big deal is. If the drug CAN help you recover and reduce COVID symptoms, then what’s the problem? Where does this anti-drug agenda come from? It’s not like your going to take it for an extended period of time. I’m no doctor, but I get COVID, I would want my doctor to have the option to prescribe to me. Wouldn’t this fall in line with the same argument…”my body, my choice.?” Where are all the pro-choice people?

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