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.
Neither of us is a health care provider & neither is aware of what therapy is only towards this illness. Your order prohibits NV medical doctors—exterior of a hospital—from prescribing what they, of their medical judgment, suppose may also help their sufferers. That’s partisan politics; it is a disaster. https://t.co/D5kjCWcGig
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2020
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