Nevada Ban on Chloroquine is Bad Medicine for Coronavirus Treatment

Nevada Ban on Chloroquine is Bad Medicine for Coronavirus Treatment

March 26, 2020 23 By Jose Scott


Hi, I’m Christina Sandefur, Executive Vice-President of the Goldwater Institute. The governor of Nevada has just announced that he’s going to ban the use of the drug “chroloquine” to treat the novel-coronavirus within his state. Now it’s true, cholorquine is not FDA approved to treat the coronavirus, in fact, no treatment is. But, it is FDA approved for a number of other conditions like Malaria, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis and it’s perfectly legal for doctors to use FDA approved treatments to treat other conditions. That’s called off-label treatment, and it’s very common. In fact, about 20% of all prescriptions
today are made off-label. Now, in this time of crisis there are legitimate concerns about the supply of this drug, especially since lupus and RA patients really rely upon it. But policymakers wanting to do something already have the tools that they need to be able to deal with these temporary supply issues. In fact, the governor of Nevada knows this because he already issued an order limiting prescription fills of this drug to 30 days. Politicians aren’t physicians though, and they shouldn’t be making medical decisions. This is especially true in crisis times like these. We need to leave the important medical decisions to the people who can make them best. Doctors in conjunction with their patients. To learn more about the coronavirus crisis and the Goldwater Institute’s response visit InDefenseofLiberty.blog