Rob Bourne | Posted May 12, 2020
To the editor:
In a recent letter, Kathleen Curell identified herself as a nurse, hoping her medical credentials would lend credibility to her criticism of Rep. Annette Glenn for pressuring the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to retract its threat memo against doctors and pharmacists who might use hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID-19 patients.
What Curell didn’t do is identify herself as vice-chairwoman of the Midland County Democratic Party, which explains the absurdity of one medical professional, a nurse, irrationally criticizing Rep. Glenn for ensuring that other medical professionals, doctors, remain free to act in what they believe to be the best interests of their patients, without fear of penalty from the state.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
As a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for setting LARA’s budget, Rep. Glenn was just doing her job. Dr. John Pfenninger recently wrote that “Glenn’s actions may have indeed saved many lives.”
Notably, in an April 28 news release, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) reported results from a sampling of 2,333 COVID-19 patients treated with HCQ in China, France, South Korea, Algeria, and the U.S.; “Of these, 2,137 or 91.6% improved clinically,” AAPS reported. “Peer-reviewed studies published from January through April 20, 2020, provide clear and convincing evidence that HCQ may be beneficial in COVID-19, especially when used early,” AAPS stated.
AAPS noted that while some liberal activists and politicians are trying to discredit HCQ in the U.S., many nations — including Turkey and India — are giving the drug to uninfected medical workers and contacts of infected persons to prevent transmission of the disease in the first place.
“According to worldometers.info, deaths per million persons from COVID-19 as of Apr 27 are 167 in the U.S., 33 in Turkey, and 0.6 in India. After Morocco and Algeria began using HCQ, a trend break and sharp reduction in their COVID-19 case fatality rate occurred.”
A suggestion for Curell: Let Glenn do her job. Let doctors do their job.