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3/24/2020 Rep. O'Brien calls on governor to start clinical trials on drugs to treat COVID-19

STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is calling on the governor to begin clinical trials of drugs that are being found to be effective against the COVID-19 virus after reading about a recently released peer-reviewed medical study.

Representative O’Brien is referencing an announcement made by Didier Raoult, a French physician and microbiologist.  He holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and specializes in infectious diseases. In 1984, Didier Raoult created the Rickettsia Unit at Aix-Marseille University. He also teaches infectious diseases in the Faculty of Medicine of Aix-Marseille University, and since 1982 has supervised many M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Raoult announced that a full peer-reviewed study has been released which shows that after six days, 100 percent of patients treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin were virologically cured.

“Time is of the essence in our state’s fight to defeat the Corona Virus pandemic and we should be using every available tool to combat this virus.  This is why I am calling on the governor to immediately begin state clinical trials to determine the effectiveness in treating COVID-19 with a combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin.  Governor Cuomo of New York called for the same clinical trials to take place last week and they begin today in New York.  Combined with the recent announcement of this drug combination’s effectiveness made by Dr. Raoult, I call on Governor Raimondo to follow the lead of Governor Cuomo and to immediately begin clinical trials in Rhode Island for the health and safety of all Rhode Islanders,” said Representative O’Brien.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903