Coronavirus (214) Doctors are hoarding unproven coronavirus medicine by writing prescriptions for themselves and their families

25 March, 2020

Pharmacists told ProPublica that they are seeing unusual and fraudulent prescribing activity as doctors stockpile unproven coronavirus drugs endorsed by President Donald Trump.

'A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators...

'Demand for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine surged over the past several days as President Donald Trump promoted them as possible treatments for the coronavirus...'

'Hydroxychloroquine... is approved to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis'

As a result, patients who actually need the drug are unable to get it because of shortages.

“It’s disgraceful" said Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association.'

Meanwhile there is very little, if any, convincing evidence that chloroquine is effective:

Malaria Drug Chloroquine No Better Than Regular Coronavirus Care, Study Finds


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