The Brazilian health plan Prevent Senior did not inform its COVID-19 patients that they would be treated with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The studies, which began on March 25, 2020, two weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the coronavirus pandemic, were hidden from patients and their families.
In a message sent to Prevent Senior employees, Fernando Oikawa, director of the health plan, stated:
“We will initiate the hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocol. Please do not inform the patient or family member about the medication or the program.”
Prevent Senior’s omission was disclosed by GloboNews this Thursday 16. According to the station, the health plan lied in the report on the medical experiment carried out on people infected with COVID-19. In the final text, the company indicated that only two patients died after the combined use of the drugs. Actually, it was nine.
The Prevent Senior experiment carried out on his patients was supported by President Jair Bolsonaro and the results pointed out by the study were used by advocates of the drugs, which remain without scientific verification.
The first results of the study were published by Prevent Senior on April 15, 2020. Three days later, on his personal Twitter account, Bolsonaro announced the experiment carried out by the health plan.
“Of a group of 636 patients accompanied by doctors, 224 did not use hydroxychloroquine. Of these, 12 were hospitalized and 5 died. Of the 412 who opted for the drug, only 8 were hospitalized and, in addition to not being intubated, the number of deaths was zero. The full study will be published shortly, “said the president.
The dossier, with a series of complaints against Prevent Senior, based on testimonies of doctors and former doctors of the health plan, is already in the hands of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquérito that investigates the role of the Brazilian federal government in the management of the crisis generated by the coronavirus in the country.
In note, Prevent Senior reported that it has always acted within ethical and legal parameters.
Edition: Anelize Moreira