VA says it’ll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House hearing on Thursday, Wilkie defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified “to give them hope,” given few treatment options at the time. But he said that government-run VA hospitals had since significantly ratcheted down prescriptions to just three in the last week as studies pointed to possible dangers. President Donald Trump has heavily pitched the drug — even saying in recent days that he had been taking it to prevent coronavirus infection — without scientific evidence of its effectiveness.