Patients providing medical care in Brazil were unaware that they would be “piglets” in a medical trial with hydroxychloroquine without conclusive evidence against Covid-19, a parliamentary study has heard.
The 12-year-old lawyer, who works for the Prevent Senior medical team, also told senators in Brasília on Tuesday that doctors there were at risk of being fired if they refused to give medication to people with respiratory illness.
The allegations were made during a testimony at a conference investigating Brazil’s response to the coronavirus crisis, which has killed at least 600,000 people in Latin America’s most populous country.
Lawmakers on the committee are now looking at Prevent Senior, after receiving a certificate proving that they are making a mistake in trying to use antimalarial hydroxychloroquine in combination with azithromycin, antibiotic, in Covid-19 cases.
Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, has called for the use of the drug as a “past treatment,” even though there is no evidence that clinicians are prescribing it.
Complaints against Prevent Senior include data breach, non-disclosure and concealment of patients who participated in the study, according to a Senate page. He also said that there were nine people who died during the study, but the authors only mentioned two.
The Prevent Senior has strongly denied all allegations. “These are false allegations, based on information that was cut or altered and disclosed to the media and will be investigated throughout the investigation,” he said.
Bruna Morato, a lawyer representing 12 physicians who work for the company, said Tuesday that her actions show a “disrespect for people’s lives”.
He also said that the deployment of a so-called ‘Covid kit’ to the medical community was aimed at protecting patients in the hospital and saving money.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
The question of the legislature is expected to provide a final report in the coming weeks that may include comments on Bolsonaro’s actions in the wake of the civil unrest. The generous mocker of the use of masks, protested the closure and spoke of the need for a vaccine.