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» Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor, Hydroxychloroquine Crackdown Sparks Backlash

Monday, March 30th, 2020, 6:31 PM - by Gingersnap
Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor, Hydroxychloroquine Crackdown Sparks Backlash
Washington Times | Mar 30, 2020 | News | 17

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has come under criticism for a statewide order cracking down on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Trump to treat the novel coronavirus.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued an order Wednesday warning physicians against writing prescriptions “without a legitimate medical purpose” and instructing pharmacists to evaluate the “legitimacy” of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine prescriptions.

The department cited concerns about stockpiling amid “multiple allegations” of doctors writing prescriptions for family and friends, adding that reports of such conduct “may be
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» FDA OKs system to decontaminate, reuse face masks for coronavirus

Monday, March 30th, 2020, 1:13 PM - by Gingersnap
FDA OKs system to decontaminate, reuse face masks for coronavirus
By Don Jacobson

March 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new decontamination system that enables health providers to reuse industrial face masks that have become scarce during the coronavirus outbreak.

The FDA on Sunday issued an emergency-use authorization under which the Battelle Decontamination System, built by the Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, will be sent to critical facilities around the United States.

Battelle says the system is capable of decontaminating 80,000 N95 respirator masks each day, which would provide relief to front-line healthcare providers who are seeing severe shortages of personal protection equipment.

The FDA also did an about-face on
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» FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care

Monday, March 30th, 2020, 11:28 AM - by Newman
I'm very encouraged by this, and hopeful for good results.

This is Politico, so the skepticism is in the subhead ("scant evidence"):

The drugs have been championed by President Donald Trump for treatment despite scant evidence.

Something here triggers my spidey sense, though:
The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence.

The agency allowed for the drugs to be "donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and
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