Coronavirus

The Trump Regime Pimped A Second Fake Virus Cure

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The White House and Trump himself spent months not just hyping the use of hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infection, they also spent millions stockpiling the ill-fated drug that studies show was more likely to kill you than regular treatment alone.

But chloroquine is not the only fake miracle cure that was promoted by the Trump regime according to the Associated Press.

The regime also signed an emergency contract for Pepcid, a heartburn medication they apparently believed could be used in COVID patients.

There were no published data or studies to suggest that famotidine, the active ingredient in Pepcid, would be effective against the novel coronavirus.

And in early April, when government scientists learned of a proposal to spend millions in federal research funding to study Pepcid, they found it laughable, according to interviews, a whistleblower complaint and internal government records obtained by The Associated Press.

But that didn’t stop the Trump administration from granting a $21 million emergency contract to researchers trying it out on ailing patients. The Food and Drug Administration gave the clinical trial speedy approval even as a top agency official worried that the proposed daily injections of high doses of famotidine for already sick patients pushed safety “to the limits,” internal government emails show.

According to the Associated Press, the White House signed this "emergency" contract for Pepcid because a pair of American doctors believed it could be used as a treatment. And that's it. They did not provide any scientific basis aside from their own best guesses and a hunch. One of the doctors claims he took it himself, but anyone can take Pepcid. It's available over the counter.

But how did the claim of a random doctor lead to a big contract for a quack's miracle cure?

It may or may not surprise you to learn than Ron Vara Peter Navarro was involved. I was at least a little bit surprised because what the hell does Peter Navarro know about clinical trials and federal procurement law?

The Press reports that Trump's top trade adviser pressured Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for preparedness and response Dr. Robert Kadlec to approve the deal.

By the second week of March, after Trump had declared the coronavirus a national emergency, the administration was scrambling for treatments. But the president’s interest in speedy solutions conflicted with the methodical procedures meant to ensure decisions are backed by science, not political influence.

Science and political impatience clashed quickly, documents show. A week after Trump’s emergency declaration, Kadlec received a blunt warning from the White House.

Peter Navarro, Trump’s top assistant for trade and manufacturing policy, said in a March 19 email that he would soon be “flooding” Kadlec’s office with contracts “and I cannot have these kind of bullshit delays at HHS.”

When dealing with the Trump regime, the truth is often dumber than anything you can imagine.

What Navarro referred to as a "bullshit delay" was more of a common sense delay because you don't immediately sign a $21 million contract for using an over the counter antacid to treat a virus just because it appears on your desk.

I can scarcely imagine what other nonsense we will learn about only once the Biden administration opens the books to see what horrors are inside.

  • sawadee2000

    I’m waiting for Trump to start pitching magnets, or copper lined boxer shorts or holding on to live electrical wire while sitting in a tub of moose piss as a “cure” for COVID-19! Sadly, I’m willing to bet that his idiotic MAGA hatted followers would try it. Perhaps the My Pillow guy and the Goya bean guy could collaborate for some useless nostrum. Trump’s gullible followers will try ANYTHING that their Dar Leader endorses, no matter how demonstrably absurd 🙁 As Buggs used to say, “What a Maroon!”

  • muselet

    Hmm.

    It turns out, there was a study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center published in May that found an association between famotidine and improved outcomes in Covid-19 patients. The investigators are very careful to call for a proper, randomized, controlled clinical trial and not go beyond the results of their research.

    Unpublished, anecdotal evidence from Wuhan had indicated improved outcomes with famotidine, which is interesting and led to the Columbia study. However, $21 million for a (reckless and premature) trial is unjustifiable.

    That Peter Navarro bullied Robert Kadlec to rubber-stamp everything the Trump administration sent to HHS is the least surprising part of the whole story.

    –alopecia

  • moldilox

    i’m sure the R’s didn’t invent disaster capitalism but they certainly elevated it to lofty heights the past few decades … i was impressed by GWB’s adroit use but trump’s administration raises it to near artistic levels …

  • Aynwrong

    I have every intention of voting for Joe Biden. I’M GOING TO VOTE FOR JOE BIDEN. But I swear to God, if Biden starts mumbling out some nonsense about “turning the page”, I’m gonna propose erecting a statue of him just so we can call for it to be torn down.

    No “national healing.” No “coming together.” No page turning.

    Investigate everything. I want to lose count of all the investigations before Groundhog’s Day.

    • Draxiar

      The only way the “country can heal” is for justice to be served. What does that mean? I think we’re on the same page for what that means (hint: not letting him off the hook).

  • Nefercat

    Gotta wonder just how “informed” the consent was from the hapless souls subjected to this sleazy profiteering.