New York will conduct trials for drugs that could be used to treat patients with the novel coronavirus who are seriously ill.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will send 10,000 doses of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine to New York. Azithromycin is an antibiotic and hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria.
Cuomo spoke to President Donald Trump on Friday and expressed interest in conducting trials in New York.
“There is a theory that the drug treatment could be helpful,” Cuomo said. “We have people who are in serious condition and (state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker) feels comfortable, as well as a number of other health professionals, that in a situation where a person is in dire circumstance, try what you can.”
A limited study in France found that the combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine could be effective in treating patients with the coronavirus. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned that the study wasn’t a controlled trial.