Rep. Marshall promotes malaria drug to ward off virus

On Monday, President Trump told the nation he is taking the controversial drug. "You'd be surprised at how many people are taking it," the president said, despite warnings from health officials that it may be unsafe.

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May 19, 2020 - 2:28 PM

A bottle of the drug hydroxychloroquine.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican congressman from Kansas who is also a doctor says he has been taking a malaria drug being touted by President Donald Trump as way to protect against the coronavirus, despite warnings that it could have potentially fatal side effects.

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said he doesn’t have COVID-19 but is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative drug. His parents, siblings and wife also are taking the drug, a spokesman for Marshall told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday. 

Rep. Roger Marshall

“I would encourage any person over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition to talk to their own physician about taking hydroxychloroquine and I’m relieved President Trump is taking it,” Marshall told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the congressman’s use of the drug.

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