Nevada’s Dem Governor Issues Emergency Order Banning Anti-Malaria Drugs For Virus Patients

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Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak just banned the use of some anti-malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus.

The order restricts doctors from prescribing the drugs that have shown promise to treat the virus, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine, to make sure there is no hoarding and so other patients who need it have access to it.

The governor says it is not proven effective yet but we have a few trials going so hopefully we will know soon.

From The New York Post:

Nevada’s governor on Tuesday banned the use of anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s executive order came after President Trump touted the medication as holding promise for combating the illness.

Sisolak said there was no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.

His order also limits a prescription of the medicines — which are also used to treat illnesses like lupus and arthritis — to a 30-day supply to ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes” and so people don’t stockpile the drug.

From The AP:

“There are some who still don’t understand the severity of the issue we’re facing and they continue to gather in groups and congregate,” Sisolak said in a news conference streamed online.

The same day, health officials attributed two more deaths the Las Vegas area to the COVID-19 respiratory illness, bringing the death toll in Nevada to six. Health officials have said most patients exhibit mild or moderate fever and cough. The vast majority recover. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, severe symptoms including pneumonia can occur.

Sisolak’s new order calls for people violating the directive and ignoring police warnings to be charged with at least a misdemeanor crime of resisting a police officer or being a public nuisance. It remains in effect until April 16.

In other Nevada coronavirus news:

— Sisolak signed an emergency order earlier Tuesday barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus.

The order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine came after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus.

Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.

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