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Hydroxychloroquine may now be prescribed by any doctor to any patient for any reason
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:47 pm Email this article
Hydroxychloroquine may now be prescribed by any doctor to any patient for any reason including to prevent or treat Covid-19 according to Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, following the FDA’s June 15, 2020 removal of the Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine.
“At this point, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine are just like any other approved drug in the United States. They may be used in hospital, they may be used in out-patient, they may be used at home, all subject to a doctor’s prescription,” Azar said.
“In fact, the FDA’s removal of the Emergency Use Authorization takes away what had been a significant misunderstanding by many that had made people think that somehow it could only be used in a hospital setting, and we’ve tried to make that clear throughout,” he said in response to a question.
“If a doctor wishes to prescribe it, working with a patient, they may prescribe it for any purpose that they wish to do so. And, this (FDA’s decision) actually removes a potential barrier to them,” the health secretary said.
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