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No, the Arizona Man Did Not Take the Coronavirus Drug Trump Spoke About

No, the Arizona Man Did Not Take the Coronavirus Drug Trump Spoke About

The man drank chloroquine phosphate meant for fish and aquariums.

As if we needed more proof of TDS in the mainstream media. NBC News decided to take a story about an elderly couple drinking fish tank cleaner and frame it to prove President Donald Trump is dangerous.

During a press conference, Trump spoke about studies that showed chloroquine (generic name hydroxychloroquine) treated coronavirus.

So this elderly couple in Arizona thought the additive chloroquine phosphate in fish tank cleaner was the same thing.

They proceeded to drink the fish tank cleaner.

The man died. The woman is in ICU.

Instead of using the story as a warning not to drink fish tank cleaner NBC News used it as a way to fault Trump.

Aquarium Store Depot sells chloroquine phosphate, describing it as a “wonder drug” for those who have aquariums:

The drug of choice for many public aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium. It has been widely used by hobbyists in the early days of the marine aquarium hobby and used in the aquaculture industry since the 70s and 80s. It is typically unavailable to the majority of the reefing community due to it normally being available only through a Veterinarian via a prescription. I feel your pain if you are like me and tried to get Chloroquine phosphate from a veterinarian. It is difficult to obtain, so I have worked with a national laboratory to obtain a 99% pure Cholorquine Phosphate solution that is suitable for disease treatment.

This form of chloroquine phosphate is specifically for aquariums.

Also, why do adults need to be told NOT to drink fish tank cleaner? If Trump mentioned a chemical in roach killer that could cure my rheumatoid arthritis guess what I will NOT do? Drink a can of roach killer!

But anyway I saw NO pushback from NBC News.

Trump mentioned chloroquine touted in a French study that found it could potentially be used to treat coronavirus. He also mentioned that it is a prescription drug and that the FDA has to fast track it to be available for coronavirus.

I honestly don’t know where he said, “If you find anything with the name chloroquine then take it immediately!” I also don’t remember him saying that it is the end-all cure for the virus.

That has not stopped the media from blaming Trump and making it seem like the elderly couple took the actual medicine he mentioned.


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C’mon…how was this not FLA man?

Anacleto Mitraglia | March 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

To be precise, Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine are two different chemicals, the first, rather toxic, being an antimalaric, the other, same stuff with an OH- attached, being its safer derivate drug for RA and other inflammatory diseases (in Italy its brand name is Plaquenil). Anyway, YOU CANNOT HELP YOURSELF WITH A DRUG WHATSOEVER BY THE SPOON OUT OF A PROPER PRESCRIPTION. It’s like if I tell you that heroin is an excellent remedy for cough, which it is, or for diarrhea, which it also is, and you run to inject a pound of it in your veins. YOU DIE.

    A Punk Named Yunk in reply to Anacleto Mitraglia. | March 25, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Hey, I just found out I’m low on potassium, placing me at risk of heart-valve problems. Rather than eating more citrus fruits (especially oranges) and bananas, I’m gonna get down to my local chemical supply house to buy some pure metallic potassium and swallow a pellet or two.

    For those who were science deprived in high school and never saw what happens when potassium comes in contact with water, get a gander at this 18-sec clip:

The French National Health System out of Marseilles
has set out the guidelines:

200 mg hydroxychloroquine 3 X day for 10 days
Azithromycin 500 mg first day and 200mg for 5 days.

    Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to MattMusson. | March 24, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Right. In Italy we’re currently testing a bit of everything, including new antivirals (non much helpful so far), the last one being the japanese Avigan.

    amwick in reply to MattMusson. | March 24, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Planquenil is available online. BTW I am not advocating buying it yourself. No, not at all.

      Milhouse in reply to amwick. | March 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      I’d be skeptical of any prescription drug you buy online. What are the odds that it is what the seller represents it to be?

        At the present moment, and for Plaquenil, I think around zero.

        I think the reason so many drug companies donated a large lump of their drugs to the government is to cut down on the stupid people demanding each and every distributor give them drugs for free. This way they can just say, “Go talk to the government, they’ve got our supply.”

      SpaceInvader in reply to amwick. | March 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      The online site that I saw requires a prescription.

Good way for Hillary to get rid of bite me when time is right.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to bobinreverse. | March 24, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    I have suspected that Hillary is the brains behind all those suicides, and furthermore she has now progressed in the really crabby old lady stage. If I was Bill, I would put as much distance as possible from her.

The media is incredibly sick in this country, to even report this. Is Trump responsible for people eating dishwasher tabs?

I’m guessing they also ignored poison warning label on the stuff too.

The Democrats are rooting for people to die to prove Trump wrong. This story and Pelosi holding up a relief bill. Have they jumped the shark.

Anyone who would medicate themselves using a pond/aquarium cleaner has well below average intelligence. This is Darwinism.

The media is worse than this couple in how they pushed this stupid story. Instead of taking a few minutes off from their hatred, a difficult task for the lame excuse for a news organization these days, this would have been a great teaching moment from them so other stupid people wouldn’t look at one ingredient and think it’s the same thing. Chemicals in a mixture actually matter. Put the wrong things together and you can cause an explosion, or create a poison. These idiots took poison into their bodies because they were too stupid to think taking a pond scum cleaner off their shelf would be a medicine for them. Chloroquine is not the same as Chloroquine PHOSPHATE.

I don’t think the media in general is all that intelligent. No one with half a brain would think this cleaner agent was the same as a malaria medication. It’s too bad the media, in the interest of science, didn’t decide to try it themselves so we would have less stupid people in this world.

    Sadly, after years of media misinformation (and public scrueling), we have lots of folks with less than half a brain running around.

    ronk in reply to oldgoat36. | March 24, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    remember people have eaten detergent cleaning pods, ingested bath salts, and even use sunblock on their eyes. I’m at the point when the stupidity of people doesn’t surprise me anymore.

      DuxRedux in reply to ronk. | March 24, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Recently someone posted online looking for a way to make toilet paper out of cauliflower.

      You can’t cure stupid.

      bhwms in reply to ronk. | March 25, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      When I was on the town budget committee, we had an “emergency” request to re-roof the courthouse….

      The courthouse we just refurbished…

      Because a town employee decided to snowplow the roof after a heavy snowstorm, and collected up most of the shingles in the process.

      The big irony here is the snow blower had a sticker on it that specifically warned against snow blowing roofs.

JusticeDelivered | March 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

Frankly, these two people sound like evolution in action. I wish media would follow their lead.

Went to the grocery store this morning and ran into a person we have known for years. She started talking about a couple in Arizona who had some malaria medication so they took it and he died. No one should listen to Trump! She asked, Why is Trump saying these things? He should just stop talking.

I had not heard the story about the Arizona couple until that conversation. After getting home, I read about the couple taking aquarium cleaner that had chloroquine phosphate. I was wondering where our friend got her information. All the news fit to make up.

    Edward in reply to EdReynolds. | March 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

    I hope you are able to contact your friend and give them the complete story. Otherwise this person will tell 20 other people how horrible the President is for telling people to take poison.

ScottTheEngineer | March 24, 2020 at 11:05 am

Trump said wed be able to fly soon. Gotta be careful, democrats will take that as proof they can jump off buildings and fly.
Years of compliance in doing as they’re told.

Morning Sunshine | March 24, 2020 at 11:06 am

My 11-year old understands the difference between Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine – just from the chemical/elemental/atom names in the words.

He also understands that “1 lb 10 oz” is NOT the same as “1.10 pounds.”

And these people say that Trump voters are stupid and uneducated?

    Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 24, 2020 at 11:22 am

    You have no idea how many times the laboratory tested my patients for the blood level of Carbamazepine instead of Oxcarbamazepine, and unsurprisingly they find none.

    Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 24, 2020 at 11:27 am

    As for the second part of your statement, you Americans would do yourselves a favor going metric.

      I suppose if we wanted to adopt a measurement system Napoleon forced on Europe (and thence most of the rest of the world), incurring significant costs in retail trade and confusing most of the 320 odd million people (well, not the illegal aliens who grew up with Metric), then we would go metric. The government thought it was a good idea some three or four decades ago, but knew better than to force people to adopt a system they did not want. Industries which engage in international trade use metric, but retail business generally does not.

        Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to Edward. | March 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

        Well, it’s just easier, to just add or remove zeros. And you already use metric when you measure anything under the gram or the millimeter.
        Metric system is probably the only good thing that came from the French revolution.
        Imperial, on the other hand, comes from the folks that drive the wrong side of the road.

      Bruce Lancaster in reply to Anacleto Mitraglia. | March 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      There are two kinds of countries in this world. Those who use the Metric System and those who have Put a Man on the Moon.

        Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to Bruce Lancaster. | March 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm

        This because you don’t know Italian literature: we put Astolfo on the moon in the early 1500s! (wink wink)
        Orlando furioso 1516.
        Hold my Barolo.

      There’s a surprising correlation between countries that don’t use the metric system and countries that have gone to the moon.

      I wish we would go metric, but that doesn’t stop errors from being introduced, like decimal point in the wrong spot or asking for kg instead of g. changing the measuring system will not get rid of errors.

    ‘Hydroxchloroquine’ is the synthesized version of chloroquine, which they get from the bark of a tree. The stuff you should avoid is chloroquine phosphate. It’s the phosphate that changes it from something you can eat to something you use to clean out fish tanks.

      GWB in reply to rdmdawg. | March 24, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Actually, quinine comes from the bark of the tree (and is found in tonic water).

      Chloroquine is a refined/concentrated version of that. (You gotta drink a LOT of gin and tonics to equal a dose of malarial medicine. So many you will probably entirely forget about the malaria long before you reach the normal dosage.)

      Hydroxchloroquine is a branch off of Chloroquine.

SeekingRationalThought | March 24, 2020 at 11:21 am

The stock market goes down but eventually goes back up. The elite press just keep getting Stupider and Stupider. And the stupider they get, the more dishonest and corrupt they get. Not sure if they are trying to hide their stupidity or if the stupidity comes out more naturally. I’ve spent years waiting for press stupidity to his bottom. Apparently there is no bottom to the press stupidity and corruption. It is an infinite rescource.

Fishtank cleaner? Right, now it will be piscophobia among The Woke. I can see it coming a nautical mile away.

Wait until the press hears that pharmacies sell nitroglucerine to people who don’t even have blasting licenses.

I heard that you can protect yourself by drinking Chlorox, but it only works if you are a democrat.

60 is hardly ‘Elderly’. Try ‘stupid’.

Look, the quinine you’re looking for is why the British invented gin and tonics. The quinine itself, from the bark of some tree, is super bitter. They made a syrup out of it and sweetener to be palatable. They took all that and made tonic out of it, then mixed with gin. Only a few syrups nowadays have medically significant amounts of quinine added, you could probably find on Use for medical purposes only.

OMG Trump said this chlorin-stuff is good for you, so I found a bottle of chlorine under the sink and I think I’m gonna drink it.

The commonly prescribed blood thinner Warfarin is the active ingredient in many rat poisons. No one with an IQ greater than a houseplant would consider them interchangeable. You just can’t fix stupid.

Did they even have coronavirus?

Once Chloroquine became a topic of discussion at the White House’s daily press conferences I knew it was going to be the next product that people would be seeking to acquire or even hoard, and anyone with a prescription pad would suddenly become very popular.

But not getting needed attention because of all of the noise that this is “the” cure are the side effects, the need to check for interactions with other medications a person is taking at the same time, and the fact that there are people who can’t take it at all, including people in certain ethnic groups.

So while drinking fish tank cleaner is not a great idea, the idea that we should be passing Chloroquine pills around like candy isn’t good either.

    alaskabob in reply to p. | March 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Ah….maybe..just maybe you should get your medical degree first and then discuss dispensing of prescribed medfications? No one is doling these out other than to specifically treat infected people and under supervision. The drug is in common use and it’s contraindications and drug interactions are well known.

    GWB in reply to p. | March 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    The most problematic side effect is macular retinopathy (I think I got the medical term correct) – a form of blindness.

    However, that requires full dosage for a long period. Other side effects also generally require long-term exposure (years) while the current regime is 5 days of the drug, with an anti-biotic.

    This has been used as a general anti-viral for a long while, it seems, and is pretty well-known within a portion of the medical field. While no one is suggesting “handing them out like candy”, and adequate supply of it could actually be prophylactic for populations at risk, or even the general population.

    (If we could take a pill a day for 3 weeks and prevent the virus from grabbing hold in the population, wouldn’t that be a better solution than shutting down the country for those three weeks?)
    (I’m not saying that could be done, but if it were possible.)

      healthguyfsu in reply to GWB. | March 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Anti-virals aren’t used as prophylactics, though.

      They should only be used to treat the sick.

      ronk in reply to GWB. | March 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      the thing is who is the drug administered in malaria prone ares, they might start with that dosage as preventive and see what happens, as long as the person receiving the drug is fully aware of it’s side effect. the medical profession has no qualms about prescribing statins with all their know side effects. look them up.

Maybe they should take some warfarin too. It’s in rat poison but is commonly used as a blood thinner. Can’t fix stupid.

My mother wouldn’t let me watch the Three Stooges because she was afraid I wouldn’t understand that what they were doing wasn’t real. I was, like, 6 years old and thought that was the stupidest reason for not allowing me to watch the Stooges. Of course I knew what they were doing wasn’t real.

For some reason, Superman was OK. But I was actually known to jump from heights (always very carefully considered), and later, as a teen, had a thing for rooftops. (And even later, for vertical ice and mountains.)

I am now 63 and have been a Stoogephile all my life!

expect more of stories like this, and more ‘doctors'(I use the term loosely) come out against the quinine useage

There has to be a warning label on the side of the container that the fish tank additive came in. I wonder what it says?

I saw lying Lester Holt do this story last night on NBC. These people have no morals or shame. I emailed a scathing letter to NBC news for what it’s worth. They are absolutely despicable.

Our press is retarded and so are the people.

Did you see the story about the shopkeepers in Bolivia kidnapping the press thugs who were trying to get them in trouble for trying to make a living?

I am so proud of those people. Why isn’t that happening here?

America is scared and dumb.

The media has sacrificed ALL credibility and is only accepted by the indoctrinated Leftists, the brain-dead, and obviously those with a treasonous agenda.

I took chloroquinine as a prophylaxis while serving in the Peace Corps decades ago. It was provided to us all to combat the threat of malaria.

The Darwinian Principle resulted in the death of someone who could or would not read the warnings regarding the use of the compound he ingested. Ironically, the night before I read of his death the first time, I had been on Ebay searching chloroquinine (which is only available at this point by prescription) and came upon the aforementioned compound carrying CLEAR WARNINGS AND DISCLAIMERS THAT IT WAS FOR AQUARIUMS AND NOT HUMAN INTAKE.

Of course, the Socialist Left and its predecessors have advocated gearing their pitch to the stupidest, neediest, and muddle-headed among us (with the trial lawyers right there with them, suing McDonalds for a woman spilling hot coffee on herself, remember that one).

It is not surprising that there has been such a rush on toilet paper as too many Democrats are so full of shit!

Our science teacher took a drink, but he will drink no more, for what he thought was H20 was H2SO4.

That is at least 50 years old.