Three days ago Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a warning to state healthcare professionals warning them not to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to patients suffering from the effects of coronavirus.
“Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments,” the Governor said in a letter to doctors across the state. “Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.”
Now, Whitmer is asking the federal government to help her get the same drugs to treat patients dying of the disease in her state. She admits her state does not have enough of the life-saving medicine and worries about her own safety.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed, if we run out, it would mean I would probably become sick,” she joked.
Sandoz, the manufacturer of chloroquine phosphate has just donated 30 million doses of the drug to the federal government and Bayer donated 1 million doses. Whitmer is now trying to get her state included in the distribution of that stockpile.