Romano Law Nurse Corner #23 Hydroxychloroquine – Oleandrin - Personal Choice?

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Romano Law Nurse Corner #23

Hydroxychloroquine – Oleandrin 

Personal Choice?


The most recent purveyors in COVID-19 “treatments” are now reportedly seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for an extract from the oleander plant—another remedy with weak scientific backing—to be used to treat the coronavirus after being endorsed by a member of the President’s cabinet and Trump-supporter, My Pillow CEO, Mike Lindell.

The extract from the oleandrin plant is not unknown to the medical and holistic health community. Oleandrin is an extract from the plant nerium oleander. This shrub is native to northern Africa, the eastern Mediterranean basin, and Southeast Asia and although it looks appealing, is considered toxic. It contains substances that are similar to the active chemical found in the heart medication, digoxin. Digoxin has been used to treat certain heart conditions for many years.  However, there are no substantive studies showing the efficacy in treating COVID-19 to date.

There have been a number of high profile individuals who have also promoted Hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus. However findings published in medical journals such as The Lancet have since found that drug is not effective against COVID-19 and can actually trigger heart arrhythmia in coronavirus patients, while the FDA, which previously authorized the drug, has warned against the use of Hydroxychloroquine and the more toxic version, chloroquine, to treat the virus because of the risk of developing “serious heart problems...lymph system disorders, kidney injuries, and liver problems and failure.”

According to a recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine “After high-risk or moderate-risk exposure to COVID-19, Hydroxychloroquine did not prevent illness compatible with COVID-19 or confirmed infection when used as post exposure prophylaxis within 4 days after exposure”. In other words, there was no evidence that Hydroxychloroquine “prevents” COVID-19.  

Again, please be aware that there are no proven treatments for COVID-19 and no vaccine.  If you are receiving Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 and experience irregular heartbeats, dizziness, or fainting, seek medical attention right away by calling 911. 

We would urge all to not buy these medicines from online pharmacies without a prescription from your health care professional. Consumers should not take any form of chloroquine that has not been prescribed for them by a healthcare professional.  Serious poisoning and death have been reported after mistaken use of a chloroquine product not intended to be taken by humans.  If you have these medicines in your home, keep them in childproof containers out of the reach of children to prevent accidental poisoning.

As we all continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to receive all sorts of information about prevention, treatments and other reports, we urge all to listen to their trusted health professionals for advice and recommendations best suited for your individual situation. 



Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts.  She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.  Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.


Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University.  Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with congenital heart disease. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.  During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.   Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project.  Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients. 

Stay Safe,