Can you believe it?
It's hard to… until you realize the governor is a democrat.
Steve Sisolak, the Democratic governor of Nevada, has signed an executive order that bans the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the novel coronavirus.
The move comes after President Trump touted the potential benefits of hydrochloroquine, a drug that is used to help people with malaria.
However, there have been several cases where it has helped patients with COVID-19.
The FDA has yet to approve hydrochloroquine's use to treat the coronavirus, yet there have been reports of patients on the brink of death who asked to use hydroxychloroquine as a last resort and have recovered.
Sisolak's executive order appears to be yet another example of Trump Derangement Syndrom.
More details below:
Republicans have long joked that if Donald Trump cured cancer, Democrats would find a way to be mad at him.
Sisolak's executive order appears to be bringing that joke into reality.
While anti-malaria drugs have not been FDA-approved to treat COVID-19, studies are currently underway to determine its efficacy for widespread use.
Democrats and Republicans alike should be hoping that the cases of chloroquine working are indicative of a cure on the horizon.
Instead, Democrats appear intent on downplaying any cure or vaccine on the horizon.
The Washington Times has more Sisolak's executive order:
Nevada’s governor has signed an emergency order barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order Tuesday restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine comes after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment for the virus.
The local Reno Gazette Journal also confirms the order as well as Senator Ted Cruz's response:
The order restricting the drugs came after Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus.
Sisolak announced an emergency regulation prohibiting the drugs’ use in a statement that said there was “no consensus among COVID-19 experts or Nevada’s own medical health advisory team” that the medications were an effective treatment for the virus.
The first-term Democrat said the move was also meant to prevent people from hoarding the drugs, which he said did have other legitimate medical uses.
On Wednesday, Cruz wrote on Twitter: “During this crisis, we should listen to the science & the medical professionals,” Cruz tweeted on Wednesday. “The opposite approach: the Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license—trying to score political points against Trump—& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID19.”
The governor's rule comes a day after a freak-accident in the Phoenix area.
A man and his wife took an additive used to clean fish tanks.
The additive is called chloroquine phosphate, which is similar in name but still vastly different to the drug hydroxycloroquine.
The man died and his wife is in critical condition.
Neither of them were diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
The FDA is moving quickly to test and potentially approve hydroxychloroquine.
According to Vice President Pence, the FDA is in the process of approving off-label use of the drug.
A French study with 6 patients showed that hydroxychloroquine had a positive benefit on the outcomes.
However, more studies are necessary for widespread use.
Fox News has more details on the potential game changer:
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that “the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] is approving off-label use for the [anti-malarial drug] hydroxychloroquine right now" to help coronavirus patients.
Pence made the comment during Fox News’ virtual coronavirus town hall in response to a question from Dr. Mehmet Oz about the drug, which has shown encouraging signs in small, early tests. A similar drug, Chloroquine has also showed positive signs.
Dr. Oz noted that “the FDA appropriately desires randomized critical trials for proof to guide the medical community,” but asked the vice president how the clinical trials can be accelerated “while also satisfying the demand from physicians, front-line doctors, who want to use these pills for their patients and themselves?”
In response, Pence said, “The good news is, the chloroquine medication, we actually deployed in the state of New York resources to be able to be administered to the people.”
New York has reported more than 25,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and 210 deaths, the most in the U.S., according to data compiled by Fox News.
“Doctors can prescribe that medication, which as you know is a perfectly legal and approved malaria medication," Pence told Dr. Oz, "but doctors can now prescribe chloroquine for that off-label purpose of dealing with the symptoms of coronavirus. We are making that clear across the country."
Preliminary studies sparked intense interest after President Trump tweeted that hydroxychloroquine plus an antibiotic could be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” and should “be put in use immediately.” The president cited a French study that gave the combination to six patients.
Some French doctors and politicians want to expand hydroxychloroquine’s use as well. However, scientists say major studies are needed to prove the drugs are safe and effective against coronavirus.
Again, it's important to emphasize that the drug has not yet been approved by the FDA for off-label use.
However, we should be supportive of the testing and trials currently happening to determine whether it is safe to use.
And the stories of patients recovering are certainly providing hope that a cure will come sooner rather than later!