Governor Steve Sisolak of the State of Nevada has been criticised for denying coronavirus patients the opportunity of being treated with the life-saving chloroquine and azithromycin treatment.
Sisolak, a Democrat, signed an emergency regulation limiting the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, touted by Republican President Donald Trump as “game-changers” in a bid to cure the virus.
Taking to social media, the governor wrote on Tuesday, “Today, I signed an emergency regulation limiting the prescription and issuance of two drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroqine — that have unproven results with treating COVID-19. While these drugs serve necessary medical purposes, this regulation protects the Nevadans who need them and prevents unnecessary hoarding.”
“The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home for Nevada, not to stockpile these drugs,” the governor added.
The regulation bans the prescription of the drugs to treat COVID-19. However, in a follow-up tweet, Sisolak noted that the emergency regulation does not apply to doctors who order the drugs for coronavirus treatment in an inpatient setting.
“In other words, if a doctor in a hospital or emergency room setting wants to prescribe these drugs to treat a patient diagnosed with COVID-19, he or she is still free to do so,” Sisolak wrote on Twitter.
If the medications are prescribed by a doctor for outpatient use, a code will be tagged on the drugs which will limit users to a 30-day supply only, the governor said in a statement.
But the governor has been criticised for the decision.
Recall that The Herald had reported how a New York doctor achieved spectacular results treating patients with hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc sulfate.
He said that of the 350 patients treated with this cocktail of drugs, normal breathing has been restored within 3-4 hours, and there have been zero deaths, zero hospitalisations, and zero intubations.
Taking to social media, some Americans said everyone should have access to the drugs, saying the governor’s regulation could cost lives.
Claims ban is to keep drugs for patients w/ Lupus and other illnesses. This is a lie. pic.twitter.com/h5SkkUL8hj
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 25, 2020
— Rose Mary Fagerness (@roselakerose) March 25, 2020
The Chinese are trying to peddle knockoffs of these drugs as we speak, what is Governor is doing is dangerous and disgusting he should be removed.
— Chris (@Chris93716377) March 25, 2020
Apparently the courts have already ruled in another case that @GovSisolak cannot override the FDA. Anybody dies in Nevada and it is 100% completely on him. Sue him into moondust.
— GoodLion 🇺🇸 (@beneleo) March 25, 2020