Dr. Jeff Colyer was featured in a story on CNN.com by Marshall Cohen on balancing the benefits and risks of treating COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine:
Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, now a surgeon in the Kansas City area who is treating patients with Covid-19, applauded the FDA’s decision to let hospitals use the anti-malaria drugs, which he promoted in two columns in The Wall Street Journal and interviews with Fox News hosts.
“The FDA made a difficult decision, but they were right,” Colyer told CNN. “We won’t have all the hard data we want for months. But at this point, this is one of the most promising treatments out there. We need to understand all these drugs better, but we’re in a unique situation.”
Before the pandemic, the Trump administration named Colyer chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, within the Department of Health and Human Services. Colyer, a Republican, told CNN he is informally advising the Trump administration on the virus.
Regardless of Trump’s glowing rhetoric about the medicines, Colyer said the FDA “made a finding after reviewing all the literature” that is available, even though the research is limited.
“They’ve seen the plusses and the minuses and made a professional decision,” he added.
Read the full story here.