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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic 

There's a reason why we have all the ethical hoops to jump through before new or re-purposed treatments get to the clinic

If you skip a step for expediency, you might not know that your treatment also causes birth defects or has adverse effects in certain minority groups

So it all comes down to which groups' welfare we prioritize in times of emergency

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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic 

Also, keep careful track of the upcoming use or non-use of Intellectual Property

Compare it with the case of giving queers Truvada, an effective and safe medication that prevents HIV transmission

"Who will pay for it?"

"If you don't want to get HIV, maybe you should keep it in your pants"

Watch how fast the straight people bend over backward to ensure that the Covid-19 drug is available to all, no matter how irresponsible straight people were

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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic 

Last, be especially careful about drug re-purposing

For a drug to be prescribed off-label, doctors don't have to have a big randomized controlled trial

Doctors can do this at their own discretion in a lot of cases, and if a drug already has regulatory approval, the FDA can't force a drug company to run a big trial to prove that it works in a new indication

So a small, under-powered trial that says "maybe it works" is often all that they do

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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic 

C.f. "Trials that say 'maybe': the disconnect between exploratory and confirmatory testing after drug approval" by Carlisle et al, BMJ (2018). :scihub:

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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic; Video of shirtless beefcake dude; Video contains description of violence 

C.f. The Living End (1992)

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On Covid-19 and rushing therapeutics to the clinic; Video of shirtless beefcake dude; Video contains description of violence 

They didn't have a "magic cure"

But he wasn't *that* far off tbh

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Just angry at straight people and riled up by that movie let's be real; Use of a slur 

~ When there was even a hint that a company might restrict access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine ~

Straights: How dare you put profit before people's lives, big healthcare companies?

Big healthcare companies: *Gesture toward the gays* Lol we do it all the time

Straights: Well, that's different, fags deserve to die for being slutty; we're good though, what about us?

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@bgcarlisle I have been thinking about this. This is a plague that impacts people who never have had medicine denied to them because the plague wasn't against them...and that will change everything.

@Cyborgneticz @bgcarlisle hmmโ€ฆ so the only reason it didn't everything 100 years agoโ€ฆ wasโ€ฆ the world war, and that medicine wasn't actually as developed as it is today

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