President Trump announced in a press conference Thursday that chloroquine phosphate — a substance found in drugs used to treat malaria, severe arthritis and also used as a medication in aquariums, was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test as a treatment for the coronavirus.

That same substance, outside its pharmaceutical form, is used as a water treatment in aquariums to kill microscopic organisms that might harm fish and other aquatic animals. As you may imagine, some price gouging is going from some individuals. A product that normally cost about $9.99 is now selling for $420.00 or more and sparking fears that people may be ingesting the fish-tank additive in the hope it will combat COVID-19 illnesses.

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