Rep. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican who is running for Senate, said he and his family have been taking hydroxychloroquine.
Marshall’s revelation comes after President Trump announced that he has also been taking the drug, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Some have said that it may have the potential to treat coronavirus, but the medical community has cautioned against its use by those with certain medical conditions.
Marshall, who is also a doctor, told the Wall Street Journal that he, his parents, his wife, and his siblings have all been taking hydroxychloroquine “prophylactically.”
“I would encourage any person over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition to talk to their own physician about taking hydroxychloroquine, and I’m relieved President Trump is taking it,” Marshall said.
A spokeswoman for Barbara Bollier, one of the Democrats vying for the Kansas Senate seat, told the Kansas City Star that it is “potentially dangerous for a physician to promote unproven medicine.”
“It goes against medical advice from experts. This is not leadership,” said spokeswoman Alexandra De Luca.
Trump defended his use of the drug on Tuesday.
“This is an individual decision to make,” the president told reporters. “But it’s had a great reputation. And if it was was somebody else other than me, people would say, ‘Gee, isn’t that smart?’”
More than 1.5 million people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, and the death toll has exceeded 90,000.