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Ted Cruz accuses Nevada governor of ‘partisan politics’ for limiting drug touted by Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accused Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak of “partisan politics” for proscribing using hydroxychloroquine after President Trump touted it as a therapy for COVID-19.

“Neither of us is a doctor & neither knows what treatment is most effective against this disease,” mentioned Mr. Cruz in a late Wednesday tweet. “Your order prohibits NV doctors—outside of a hospital—from prescribing what they, in their medical judgment, think can help their patients. That’s partisan politics; this is a crisis.”

Mr. Sisolak, a Democrat, signed an emergency order Tuesday limiting medical doctors from prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, that are generally used to deal with malaria, for the novel coronavirus to sufferers in a hospital setting.

His order got here after an Arizona man died and his spouse was hospitalized after ingesting the aquarium cleaner chloroquine phosphate in an effort to guard towards COVID-19.

In response, Mr. Sisolak famous that Texas lately adopted limits on hydroxychloroquine amid stories that prescribers have been hoarding the drug, which has been used off-label together with the antibiotic azythromycin to deal with the virus.

The governor cited the danger of “bad actors … creating a shortage of critical drugs for those that need it the most.”

“We’re in a pandemic. As leaders, let’s stand together as Americans to forget the partisan politics, put the health & safety of our citizens first, & commit to sharing accurate information,” tweeted Mr. Sisolak. “We can mitigate and stop #COVID19 if we do it together.”

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy order adopted March 20 limits prescriptions of 4 medicine, together with chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, to 14 days, however doesn’t prohibit their use to inpatients solely.

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