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Caitlin Rivers, PhD+ Your Authors @cmyeaton Outbreak science + epidemiology + health security. Assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (@JHSPH_CHS). ELBI alum. May. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

There is some suspicion that pharmaceutical companies stand to profit from a COVID-19 treatment, and that creates a perverse incentive. The current conversation is around remdesivir, but the same could be said of any treatment. 1/

At the same time, some are making the case that we might as well use treatments like HCQ that we don’t know or don’t think work for COVID-19 (outside of a clinical trial) bc something is better than nothing, and trials are too slow. Plus it’s already approved for other things 2/

It is true that pharma hopes to make money. That’s why they are willing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars and many years into bringing new products to market, with no guarantee it will work out. We want them to be willing to do this, or else we won’t have new drugs. 3/

On the other hand, having that kind of money at stake would make anyone wonder… 4/

So how do we balance business needs with the need to make sure the drugs we take are safe and effective? Through an impartial and trustworthy regulatory process. That's why public health leaders are so committed to doing it by the book. 5/

These extraordinary circumstances demand flexibility, and we are seeing that in e.g. the incredibly compressed timelines for trialing new vaccine candidates. But what we don’t want to do is put something out that actually hurts people and doesn't help 6/
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trials-research/2020/04/10/fa003ada-7a7a-11ea-a130-df573469f094_story.html 

That'd be a tragedy, and it would also cause lasting confusion and distrust. I appreciate that ppl are trying to get a handle on what’s best for their families in thinking through these issues. I think it’s important to explain why our systems are set up as they are. 7/7


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