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Citation From the April 4, 2020, edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine

JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): So now let's talk about the hydrochloroquine. Now, there's controversy about that. Now, I have to tell you, Admiral, I know people who are taking it, people who never had the disease -- or never had the COVID as far as they know, but they're taking it.

So here's the -- here's the question. If it is already FDA approved, it's not approved for the COVID, but it's being used off-label, is there a harm to it being used off-label? And I suspect you're going to say it depends on who you are and how sick you are with other issues. But why not try something if it's not going to hurt you?

BRET GIROIR (HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH): So it can be used off-label and we do have a lot of experience with it. And with any drug, there's no such thing as a free lunch. There is always potential side effects, and we know that there can be some side effects of hydrochloroquine.

Personally, if I were absolutely normal, there's no -- and not sick at all -- there is really no data to suggest that you need to take it. But as you know, there are some data, not proven, not scientifically, absolutely 100%, but there are suggestive evidence that it can be helpful.

So this is a decision between a physician and a patient about who goes on it and understanding the risks and benefit, but clearly with the severity of coronavirus and the possibility of benefit, given that there's no other drugs out there, many people are choosing to use the drug, and I think that's a very reasonable decision. Not an absolutely right one or a wrong one, but it's between a physician and a patient, and you will see lots of this drug being used because the data are suggestive, not absolutely true, but are suggestive.