#Roommates as the days continue to go by, many of us are longing for the moment when a vaccine for the coronavirus is finally available, so our lives can get back to normal. Unfortunately, according to new reports, several states say that doctors are hoarding all of the possible drugs for themselves and their family members—while potentially delaying any medical solutions for the rest of us.
@NYTimes reports, doctors in multiple states are allegedly stockpiling medications that could be potential coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for solely themselves and family members, according to various pharmacy boards in states across the country. The issue has raised such a cause for concern in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas, that the pharmacy boards in those states have issued emergency restrictions on how the drugs can be dispensed at local pharmacies. More states are expected to implement similar restrictions before the issue become too widespread to control.
The medications being prescribed differ from state to state, but they include the drugs recently suggested by Donald Trump during a recent press conference, as being potential breakthrough treatments for the coronavirus.
It should be noted that none of the drugs that Trump suggested or others, have been found to be effective against coronavirus, or been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the unapproved drugs include chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — which are commonly used to treat malaria, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.
National drug store chains, such as CVS and Walgreens have committed to following any and all rules set by state boards to place restrictions on prescription guidelines to ensure that the hoarding of medications doesn’t continue further.
American Medical Association President, Dr. Patrice Harris, said this in a statement regarding the issue:
“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.”
Many around the world are growing increasingly anxious to find a cure for the highly contagious coronavirus, as it continues to rapidly spread across the U.S.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?