Dr. Oz admitted to the Senators that his claims often “do not have the scientific power to be factual”. A study he cited on green coffee bean extract was later withdrawn and described by federal authorities as “hopelessly flawed”. The supplier of the extract paid $ 3.5 million to pay the Federal Trade Commission fees.
Dr. David Gorski, a professor of surgery at Wayne State University and a longtime critic of alternative medicine, said Dr. Oz’s rise as Fox News’ coronavirus authority is no surprise to him.
“He could have gone down the path of being more sensible and careful, checking information and trying to reassure people where science was still uncertain,” said Dr. Gorski. “But of course that wouldn’t be Dr. Oz. “
At the beginning of the pandemic, on March 20, 2020, Dr. Oz appeared on several Fox News shows and trumpeted “massive, massive news” – a small study by divisive French researcher Dr. Didier Raoult, who claimed 100 percent cure rate after treating coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin or Z-Pak.
At the time, when Covid-19 cases and deaths were rising rapidly, hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, was being studied in several countries and accepted by hospitals with little evidence. Mr Trump has repeatedly hyped it at White House press conferences in an attempt to minimize the crisis. Dr. Oz communicated with Trump advisors to expedite approval of the drug for the treatment of Covid. On March 28, the FDA approved its emergency application.
On Fox noted, Dr. Oz that the Raoult study, with just 36 participants, wasn’t a clinical trial, but his enthusiasm outweighed his caution. The study is “the most impressive news on this entire pandemic front,” he enthused.
When Dr. Oz on April 1 asked New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to lift restrictions on hydroxychloroquine, warned Dr. Brown University’s Ashish Jha, a public health expert, told Fox viewers that “the facts just don’t exist.” on the drug.