Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets

Posted at 2:13 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 14:52:23-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus.

Sen. Schumer says veterans may have been put at unnecessary risk.

In an interview with The Associated Press, he says the VA should provide Congress more information about a recent bulk order for $208,000 worth of a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has heavily promoted, without scientific evidence, as a treatment for COVID-19.

Major veterans organizations have urged VA to explain under what circumstances VA doctors initiate discussion of hydroxychloroquine with veterans as a treatment option.