Earlier today, Ed discussed how the FDA has given emergency approval for a pair of drugs that have shown some initial promise in treating patients who have contracted COVID-19. While there hasn’t been sufficient time to fully test the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine on these patients, there also simply isn’t any time to waste with no other effective treatments having been identified and a vaccine still being many months, if not an entire year away from general availability.
But not everyone seems to be on board with this plan. At the same time that the FDA was taking this action, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a frequent Trump critic and sparring partner, was issuing some directives of her own. But they didn’t involve endorsing the use of these drugs. In fact it sounds an awful lot like the exact opposite. She was “cracking down” on prescriptions for these drugs and demanding that their “legitimacy” be evaluated. (Washington Times)
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has come under criticism for a statewide order cracking down on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Trump to treat the novel coronavirus.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued an order Wednesday warning physicians against writing prescriptions “without a legitimate medical purpose” and instructing pharmacists to evaluate the “legitimacy” of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine prescriptions.
The department cited concerns about stockpiling amid “multiple allegations” of doctors writing prescriptions for family and friends, adding that reports of such conduct “may be further investigated for administrative action” and that other health professionals are required to report “inappropriate prescribing practices.”