Amid a national controversy over the COVID drug hydroxychloroquine, the Tallahassee Democrat removed reference to the drug from a story that originally highlighted the use of Remdesivir along with hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for a COVID patient at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Officials at the Tallahassee Democrat have not responded to TR’s request for a comment.
The story, written by Tallahassee Democrat Sports writer Jim Henry, addressed the recovery experience of Chiles High School Athletic Director Mke Eto who contracted COVID. The original story ran in the sports section of the Tallahassee Democrat on July 27 and when addressing Eto’s recovery stated that “treatments during his hospitalization included supplemental oxygen, steroids, insulin and drugs Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.”
The Tallahassee Democrat ran the story again, with some updates on August 5th. However, this time it was on the front page and eliminated the reference to Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.
TR recently published a report detailing the COVID treatment protocol used at local hospitals. The article, citing Dean Watson, MD, Chief Integration Officer at TMH, reported that Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine were being used as treatments for COVID.
Since President Trump addressed the use of hydroxychloroquine, the national debate over the drug has become a political football with competing narratives from the left and the right.