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Pennacchio: NJ Must Make HCQ Available for Preventive Treatment of COVID-19

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FDA Authorization Does Not Go Far Enough

Now that the FDA has given emergency authorization for the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to fight the coronavirus crisis, Senator Joe Pennacchio said the medication may be most useful as a preventive treatment slow the spread of the disease.

A modest regimen of as few as 10 HCQ pills could protect a huge segment of our population from the coronavirus, Senator Pennacchio said. (WikiMedia Commons)

“This is good news from the FDA, but we are three weeks behind,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Now we’ve got to get it out there as a prophylactic to protect people at high risk and the health care and first-responders we all depend on.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Time to Early-Treat High-Risk Groups with Hydroxychloroquine

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FDA Agrees with Senator Pennacchio on the Use of HCQ to Treat Virus

Coming off the FDA’s emergency authorization of the use of hydroxychloroquine as a therapeutic agent against the COVID-19 virus, Senator Pennacchio is calling for the preventative use of the drug to break the pandemic and release people from their isolation.

Sen. Pennachio cited a growing collection of scientific data supporting the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive treatment for the coronavirus. (CDC)

Pennacchio recently released a statement – endorsed by almost 70  doctors, health care providers and scientists – advocating for the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as an “early treatment” to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 virus and reduce its communicability by decreasing viral shedding.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bureaucratic Paralysis Fueling Pandemic

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Statement by State Senator Joe Pennacchio

With each passing day, more and more evidence is accumulating that Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can have a key function in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. Doctors on the front line are not only treating their patients with HCQ but are also taking HCQ (Plaquenil is the generic for HCQ) to prevent the virus from infecting them. Dr. Steve Kassapidis working tirelessly in a New York hospital, is one of them. [Fox News (1:55) (5:32)].

Sen. Pennacchio again called on Federal and State authorities to encourage HCQ’s production, storage and protocol formulation including a possible public use as a prophylactic measure against COVID-19 spread. (CDC)

Dr. Stephen Smith of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases is treating all his patients with HCQ. No patient he treated has needed to be vented. Dr. Amesh Adalja uses HCQ only and has seen good results. Dr. Zev Zelenko claims to have treated 350 patients with zero deaths and zero hospitalizations. [Click Here]

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Governor: ‘Honor U.S. Constitution and Second Amendment Rights’

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Urges Reinstatement of Background Checks and Allowing Licensed Gun Dealers to Open for Business

Senator Joe Pennacchio today called on Governor Murphy to respect the Constitution of the United States and classify firearms retailers as “essential” so they can reopen for business during the coronavirus emergency.

In a letter to the Governor, Sen. Joe Pennacchio urged the reinstatement of the NICS system used to vet buyers by licensed firearms dealers and allow those dealers to open for business. (Government Research Archives)

“Now is not the time to make decisions based on political ideology and violate the Second Amendment rights of citizens,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The governor should reconsider his order closing gun shops that effectively bans the sale of guns. There is too much at stake during this pandemic to trample on the rights of people who are justifiably worried about the health and safety of their families.”

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Senator Pennacchio Appeals to Medical Community to Help Local Hospitals

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Atlantic Health, Other Facilities Need Masks, Gloves, Other Protective Equipment

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb, hospitals in the state are struggling to care for an ever-growing stream of patients as their stores of personal protective equipment (PPE) shrink to alarming levels.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio appealed to the medical/dental community to donate desperately needed personal protective equipment to hospitals for the doctors and nurses treating coronavirus victims. (Flickr)

Senator Joe Pennacchio today appealed to the medical/dental community, the business community and the public to help fill the void.

“It is very important to get protective gear for healthcare workers, especially masks and gloves, to the hospitals where they can do the most good protecting those professionals on the front line,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Atlantic Health and other facilities across the region are being hard hit and need our help. It’s imperative to ensure doctors and nurses can remain healthy as they treat the victims of COVID-19.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Calls for Murphy to Allow Gun Shops to Reopen

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Senator Mike Doherty joined the growing chorus of legislators who are calling for Governor Phil Murphy to reopen gun shops that were closed by executive order.

Sen. Mike Doherty joined the growing chorus of legislators who are calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen gun shops that were closed by executive order. (Flickr)

“In many rural areas that have no local police, people can wait an hour or longer for the State Police to respond to a call for help even in the best of times,” said Doherty (R-23). “What’s going to happen when more police departments, including the State Police, start experiencing real staffing issues due to the coronavirus? In an emergency, families in some of our communities might have to wait hours for a response, which is just too long. Governor Murphy should follow the lead of Governor Wolf in Pennsylvania and allow New Jersey’s gun stores to reopen. His personal dislike of firearms does not diminish the 2nd Amendment rights of New Jerseyans during this crisis.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

India Recommends Health Care Workers Take Hydroxychloroquine as a Preventative Therapy. Bans Exports.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio Questions Whether We Should Not Be Doing the Same

As COVID-19 numbers continue to escalate in New Jersey and around the globe, India has banned the export of hydroxychloroquine and the government is recommending healthcare workers take the drug as a preventive measure to avoid infection while treating Covid-19 patients.

Sen. Pennacchio called for more to be done to protect residents from COVID-19 as India recommends HCQ to prevent spread of virus to health care workers and bans export of the drug. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Joe Pennacchio cited the development as evidence of growing support for use of the anti-malarial medication to stop the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Pennacchio Interview with Dom Giordano of WPHT in Philadelphia on the Promise of Hydroxychloroquine Treating COVID-19

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was featured as a guest on the Dom Giordano radio program where he discussed numerous studies that show hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has great potential for controlling the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of infections.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the ‘doctors on the front line are head of the curve. They know what hydroxychloroquine can do’ to prevent and treat the coronavirus. (©iStock)

“These drugs are being hoarded. Doctors are writing themselves prescriptions and prescribing it for their patients and loved ones. They are on the front line of against this disease,” Pennacchio told Giordano’s listeners on WPHT 1210-AM. “The people that are on the front line are ahead of the curve. They know what HCQ can do.”

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Doctors Join Pennacchio’s Call to Use Hydroxychloroquine to Combat Spread of COVID-19

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A recent French peer review study by renowned infectious disease specialist Dr. Didier Raoult which was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showed promising results in the treatment of COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has received support from more than 60 top doctors from around the nation  for using an anti-malarial medication to control the spread of the coronavirus. (SenateNJ.com)

The French study also showed a significant decrease in “viral shedding,” from patients treated with HCQ. The lower the shedding, the less likelihood that the virus can be communicated to other individuals.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: President Trump Is Correct in His Approach to COVID-19 Drug Treatment

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s leadership in having malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine approved for treating the coronavirus:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio commended President Trump for his efforts to have anti-malarial drug chloroquine approved for treating patients infected by COVID-19. (WikiMedia)

President Trump has shown true leadership in his approach to allow an “off label” approach in the use of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.  In particular, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) which has a 70-year record of being safe and effective in the treatment of malaria.  It has evolved also into a therapeutic agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.  Likewise, aspirin evolved from being an analgesic to being used in the treatment of heart disease by thinning a patient’s blood and preventing clots.  Drugs and their uses evolve.  A peer review study completed in France by world famous infectious disease specialist Dr. Didier Raoult and published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial agents showed very promising results in treating and reducing the duration of COVID-19 with HCQ.

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