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‘Magic’ Weight-Loss Pills and Covid Cures: Dr. Oz Under the Microscope - The New York Times

The celebrity physician, a candidate in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for Senate, has a long history of dispensing dubious medical advice on his daytime show and on Fox News.

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s on-air medical advice on both his show and Fox News has taken on greater significance as he enters the political realm.
Dr. Mehmet Oz’s on-air medical advice on both his show and Fox News has taken on greater significance as he enters the political realm. Credit... Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

Trip Gabriel

Dec. 26, 2021

A wealth of evidence now shows that the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were not effective at treating Covid-19 and carried potential risks.

But in the early months of the pandemic, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician with a daytime TV show, positioned himself as one of the chief promoters of the drugs on Fox News. In the same be-the-best-you tone that he used to promote miracle weight-loss cures on “The Dr. Oz Show,” he elevated limited studies that he said showed wondrous promise.