Coronavirus (216) Doctors are hoarding unproven coronavirus medicine (2)

25 March, 2020

What's more horrifying about the idea of doctors hoarding chloroquine because Trump said it would cure coronavirus - that they are doing it? or that they believed it?

The first is a serious clear ethical lapse, to be sure - doctors writing prescriptions for themselves, their families and friends and causing shortages making it difficult for others to get it. The second is a clear lapse of reason.

I wouldn't go to doctors with such poor ethics and such a lack of discernment in choosing their sources of evidence.


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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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