Covid-19: Didier Raoult guilty for having touted hydroxychloroquine without “any confirmed data”

No radiation but a reprimand to sanction a certain lack of rigor. The Disciplinary Chamber of the New Aquitaine Order of Physicians, which blamed Professor Didier Raoult, transmitted this Tuesday, December 7 to AFP its decision in which we discover the reasons for the sanction. The Chamber had blamed the Marseille infectious disease specialist on Friday, December 3 without making public the reasons for this sanction so far. The blame of the Marseille doctor is in particular justified by the fact of having communicated “information which was not based on any confirmed data” by promoting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19. However, this drug is indicated in the treatment of malaria. Professor Raoult’s strategy, if it had been effective, would have consisted of repositioning an existing drug, hydroxychloroquine (also known under the trade name Plaquenil) in a new medical indication, namely the treatment of Covid-19.

Despite the blame, Didier Raoult is doing rather well since the Disciplinary Chamber of the New Aquitaine Order of Physicians has not upheld the accusations of “charlatanism” and taking “unjustified risk” for having prescribed this treatment to patients, despite its lack of proven effect. “Professor Raoult has, through various media and in particular his own channel within the Youtube media, provided information which was not based on any confirmed data, without showing the necessary caution whereas very quickly existed deep uncertainties on the appropriate treatments for Covid-19 “, detailed the instance based in Bordeaux, where the audience had been disoriented far from Marseille. The chamber thus considers that the director of the Institut hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée Infection (IHU) in Marseille has violated article 12 of the code of ethics, which requires doctors to communicate “with caution” to the general public and on the basis of of “confirmed” scientific “data.

The chamber also retains that Didier Raoult “disclosed in medical circles a new treatment process insufficiently tested” without the “necessary reservations”. Didier Raoult also “failed in his duty of good fellowship” by speaking “in an improper, discourteous, even aggressive manner” against other doctors, adds the chamber, whose blame, inflicted on Friday to the Marseille infectious disease specialist, is subject to appeal. Professor Raoult was prosecuted by the Order of Physicians of Bouches-du-Rhône, then by the National Council of the Order of Physicians (Cnom), which accused him of having violated several articles of the code of medical ethics, by promoting and prescribing treatment based on hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19, despite its lack of proven effect even today.

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