He said: "We're going to be able to make that drug available nearly immediately, and that's where the FDA has been so great".
However, minutes after Trump approved the drug, Stephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, debunked the claim that the drug could be used to treat the virus, saying the use of Choloroquine is still in a clinical trial to find out whether or not it works.
Chloroquine (Aralen) and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) were first prescribed for malaria in 1944. It's already approved, as the president said, for the treatment of malaria, as well as an arthritis condition.
World Health Organization lists some adverse side effects with chloroquine when used in malaria treatment, including headaches and gastrointestinal symptoms.
It followed a recent study by a Chinese team that was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 9 March on the two compounds that also found encouraging results, albeit in a lab setting.
Trump held a video-conference with the leaders of the world's major industrialized countries earlier this week and plans to repeat that in April, May and June, when the physical meeting at the presidential retreat in Maryland was scheduled to take place.
He offered an upbeat promotion of therapeutic drugs in early testing that he said could be "a game-changer" in treating those suffering.
"They've gone through the approval process".
"It (chloroquine) has been around for a long time and it's very powerful..."
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Speaking at a news conference along with his coronavirus taskforce, Trump pointed out efforts from the private sector to develop experimental antiviral drugs to combat the virus.
"We feel the responsibility to do a good job, ' Marty said".
Chloroquine is an immunosuppressive drug and anti-parasite commonly used in malaria treatment.
Drugs Approved for Other Uses.
Another treatment in the works, Hahn said, is using plasma from blood taken from patients who have recovered from the CCP virus. Early data from three US patients who received remdesivir under an emergency compassionate use program have caused some to raise questions about whether the drug will ultimately be successful.
As Trump has stated, Americans will soon be able to get a prescription for the drug to fight coronavirus. He said they treated 20 of these patients with 600 milligrams of hydroxychloroquine daily in a hospital. "We're also working with government and insurers to ensure that when new treatments and vaccines are approved, it will be available and affordable for patients", he said. The study, which was conducted by Didier Raoult M.D/Ph.D, et.al in France showed that 100% of patients that received a combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.
"In a way it's scary that we may be able to enroll 1,000 patients very quickly", he said.
Asides chloroquine, the HIV treatment drug, Kaletra; the anti-flu drug, favipiravir; the Ebola drug, remdesivir are some drugs undergoing clinical trials.