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Just what the Donald ordered: meet the folk taking Trump’s ‘miracle’ pill

Orders rocket as a new study of hydroxychloroquine points to increased risk of death and heart problems

Josie Ensor and Rozina Sabur

When Donald Trump stood at the White House podium and talked about a “miracle” new drug he said could ward off Covid-19, Patricia Taylor knew right then she had to have it.

The president’s pitch seemed like the first bit of hope for the 60-year-old tech worker from Santa Clara County, California, who had agonised for weeks about contracting the potentially deadly virus. She immediately ordered the drug through an online doctor, who recommended she take one 200mg pill a week with zinc and vitamin D “until the end of the pandemic”.

“I thought, this is the Holy Grail. I now had a prescription of the drug that was the closest thing helping beat back this terrible virus,” she said...

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