Questions Arise Over Malaria Drugmaker’s Cohen Link

Newsweek reports:

Social media users have been reacting to President Donald Trump’s championing of the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, with some referring to a deal struck in 2017 between the pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes the drug, and the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.

On Sunday night and Monday morning, Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company that is a major manufacturer of the drug, started trending. Some referred to the company’s payment of $1.2 million to Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen for health care policy consulting work during a contract that was signed in 2017.