Is this Trump Derangement Syndrome or is there more to it?
One governor has decided to restrict the use of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine used to treat other illnesses like malaria, lupus, and arthritis, from being prescribed for the treatment of COVID-19 despite apparent success in other countries.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has nonetheless issued an emergency resolution restricting the distribution of the drugs.
Today, I signed an emergency regulation limiting the prescription & issuance of two drugs that have unproven results with treating COVID-19. While these drugs serve necessary medical purposes, this regulation protects the Nevadans who need them and prevents unnecessary hoarding. pic.twitter.com/dGMDJfdNAW
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) March 24, 2020
A local news report clarifies that the emergency order issued by the Governor was at the request of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy after some hoarding of the drugs came to light.
Clearly, the people that are suffering from lupus or arthritis and rely on these medications should not be denied them. Yet, they are also showing promise as a treatment to coronavirus. Surely there must be a better way than an outright ban on off-label use.
There is opposition to limiting the prescriptions because they appear to be successful in treating coronavirus and there is no other treatment at this time.
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine show promise in treatment of #coronavirus
Gov. Steve Sisolak bars Medical Doctors from prescribing these drugs SPECIFICALLY for treatment of #coronavirus
Why does Gov. Steve Sisolak want to kill Americans? https://t.co/jz2mGCZWjt
— Repeal AB5; Kill HR 2474 (@distrumption) March 25, 2020
Prescribing medication for “off-label use” is something that is done all the time.
The FDA has guidance on how medication can be used off-label.
Isn’t it better to have an FDA approved medication than wait for some new, magical drug to be created?