President Trump announced Thursday that malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine will be made available “almost immediately” to treat coronavirus patients. He also announced the FDA is looking at remdesivir, an intravenous drug created to treat Ebola, but would make it available for “compassionate use,” a way for doctors to use unapproved drugs to treat patients who are critically ill.CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus joined “CBS Evening News” to discuss the drugs.1. Hydroxychloroquine is “hope personified” for those with COVID-19Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago and are widely available. Dr. Agus told us that if a patient has tested positive for COVID-19, he would advise them to talk to their doctor today about its potential role: “This drug is hope personified to every person with disease, especially the people who are higher risk or elderly.”Dr. Agus said the drug works in two ways: “one is it blocks virus. And the second is it tempers down inflammation, both of which play a role probably in how it’s benefiting patients with COVID-19.”2. People need to be treated “as early as possible”In addition to patients who have already tested positive, Dr. Agus advises the drug


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