Some doctors stockpile trial coronavirus drugs for themselves, states say: The New York Times

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“Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country,” Ellen Gabler writes for The New York Times. “The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas that the boards in those states have issued emergency restrictions or guidelines on how the drugs can be dispensed at pharmacies. More states are expected to follow suit. ‘This is a real issue and it is not some product of a few isolated bad apples,’ said Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. The medications being prescribed differ slightly from state to state, but include those lauded by President Trump at televised briefings as potential breakthrough treatments for the virus, which has killed at least 675 people in the United States and infected more than 52,000. None of the drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that use. Some of them — including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — are commonly used to treat malaria, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.” Ellen Gabler, “Some Doctors Stockpile Trial Coronavirus Drugs for Themselves, States Say,” The New York Times.