Some 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 U.S.
The stockpiling has become so worrisome that pharmacy boards in many states have issued emergency restrictions on how the drugs can be dispensed.New York “I got called a communist for telling a prescriber, who was trying to call it in for themselves, no,” someone posted on Friday in another Facebook group for pharmacists. Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, said state boards across the country were “trying to stop the hoarding and inappropriate prescribing, but balancing what patients need.” Mr. Campbell, of the North Carolina board, said medical boards and associations had to get involved as well to curb the behavior of prescribers. The American Medical Association denounced the practice in a statement from its president, Dr. Patrice Harris. “The A.M.A. is calling for a stop to any inappropriate prescribing and ordering of medications, including chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, and appealing to physicians and all health care professionals to follow the highest standards of professionalism and ethics,” she said. Dr. Harris also noted that the country’s health care professionals “continue to demonstrate remarkable leadership every day,” and can look to the organization’s code of medical ethics for guidance. The first restrictions were imposed last week in Idaho. The board there imposed a temporary rule barring pharmacies from dispensing two drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — unless the prescription includes a written diagnosis of a condition that the drugs have been proven to treat. The rule also limits prescriptions to a 14-day supply unless a patient has previously taken the medication. “We wanted to try to get out in front of that as early as we could,” said Nicki Chopski, executive director of the board in Idaho, where pharmacists began reporting a significant uptick in prescriptions for the medications last week. The prescriptions, she said, were being written by doctors for themselves and their family members, often in large quantities with refills. Texas adopted a similar rule on Friday that included another malaria drug — mefloquine — as well as the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known by its brand name, Zithromax Z-Pak. That drug has been mentioned by Mr. Trump as another potential treatment for the coronavirus when taken in conjunction with anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine. The effectiveness of the treatment remains unproven. Allison Benz, executive director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, said pharmacists were reporting an unusual increase in prescriptions for these drugs written by doctors for themselves, their family members and their office staff. As in Idaho, patients who legitimately need medications for conditions that the drugs have been proven to treat will not be restricted from getting them as a result of the new rule, Ms. Benz said. On Sunday morning in an emergency meeting reported on by the Columbus Dispatch , the Ohio Board of Pharmacy barred pharmacists from dispensing the drugs to treat the coronavirus unless a person had tested positive for the virus, or the request had been approved directly by the pharmacy board’s executive director. In a statement, CVS said that pharmacists are to use their “professional judgment to determine whether a prescription is valid and appropriate to dispense,” noting that pharmacists would comply with any applicable state board regulations. A spokeswoman from Walgreens concurred that its pharmacists will follow whatever requirements are set in the state where they practice, also noting that the company had issued guidelines for dispensing two of the drugs in highest demand — chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. Walgreens will only allow a 14-day supply for new prescriptions in order to help ensure that the medications remain available for those who need them, the spokeswoman said. Instead of instituting rules, some states are offering general guidelines for pharmacists facing the dilemma. The Kentucky Board of Pharmacy encouraged pharmacists to “use professional judgment” in addressing whether a pharmacist should fulfill requests from physicians who are “writing prescriptions for themselves and their family members in large quantities,” according to a memo detailing Frequently Asked Questions on the board’s website. The guidance goes on to say that the pharmacists can determine if a “valid patient-prescriber relationship exists,” while also urging the pharmacists to consider if there is enough of the drugs in stock to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis who need it on a regular basis. The Coronavirus Outbreak Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions Updated March 24, 2020 Read more: The New York Times
Shocked. I’m so shocked I tell you 🙄 Doctors hoarded Bextra when the FDA discontinued it. I figured this would be no different. The culture of medicine is CYOB. This is so wrong but it was so predictable to those of us who have worked in the field. Shame on those lame doctors. Isn't their first priority to save life?
Coronavupdates This was also done in one of the last big outbreaks a few years back loseyourlicense ahahahahahahaha Similar in Australia, Drs wrote scripts for each other and family members. Pharmacists r told to check their genuine needs. Speechless. Drugs or dope Cc sherifink drsanjaygupta DrNatalieTV
Emergencies bring out the best in many; but some, not so much. Interesting that the latter group often the ones 'in charge'. Sounds like the medical version of Senators selling their stocks and looking for a personal advantage at the expense of everyone. Because they can. Is the New York times telling the truth here? I bet not.
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Had to show up I suppose sooner or later I suppose. As Trump, McConnell, and Barr show everyday, an oath can mean different things to different people. williamlegate Is the US a Christian Country anymore? Publish the complaints, or it didn’t happen. Go after them. Simple. This country is so fucked They should have their medical licenses suspended
Doctors have the highest risk of catching Coronavirus. Stop trying to create fake outrage. But I thought trump has blood on his hands for even suggesting it “could” work. The media said last night Trump killed someone. FYI I tried to tell Everyone there are more unethical doctors then there are good ones
Not surprised at all
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Human nature is a mf How to turn the public against the doctors 101 Where’s the proof of this? We’ll start prosecuting them as soon as we are done prosecuting them for over prescribing opioids................ LASIK surgeons are hoarding and taking drugs proposed to treat coronavirus. Read to the end. 'But I also loaded up on supplies of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and zinc.'... 'I started plaquinel [hydroxychloroquine]...'
We saw that during the bioterroism anthrax scare too. Doctors can’t write prescriptions for themselves! Why we need prescription to buy the medications? I don't need insurance companies pay for them! Why can't I buy medications directly from pharmacy?! Not surprising
Huge testing discrepancies among states muddles the meaning of resultsHuge testing discrepancies between states muddles the meaning of results. In the information age, we still need a lot more information
How is it even possible for doctors to simply 'take' medical stockpiles? Any doctor that does this should have their prescription writing privileges and medical licenses revoked. Tbf surely no begrudges drs taking care of themselves 1st incl their family so they can continue to care for others. You can't turn on drs as selfish when their whole thing is fixing other people excessive hrs etc
There are more old drunks than old doctors Sounds like the New York Times Holocaust Denying Theory Take away their license to practice medicine. That’s against their own professional fucking ethics. If Doctors themselves start creating panic, then God save US. 😂😂😂 We are no good without doctors. Human selfishness never ends, does it. Frankly, I would rather be me.
Corporate media is the enemy of the people
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….but you told us no doctor would do this because it would kill you, won’t work blah blah blah. Just maybe just maybe it has had some success and you can’t stand it that Trump may be saving lives by acting quickly and pushing the FDA. Like he said if on death's door try it. None of the drugs have been found to be effective in treating the coronavirus, or been approved by the FDA for such uses
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States work to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus drugsAt least four state pharmacy boards have taken steps to limit prescriptions of p... For a sec I saw this was ramaX of Thailand. Lmao Trump is a moving epidemic, causing problems in the drug supply with every breath he takes! This guy is amazing. oops, doctor. He has explained daily what we are up against. He is working hard to solve this virus. He has worked in the field for years. Every day he comes out to educate us. He is 1 in the world with the science of this virus. Take it easy on him.