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Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan governor, hydroxychloroquine crackdown sparks backlash

Added 03-29-20 09:22:02am EST - “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.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Governor blasted for hydroxychloroquine crackdown as political debate escalates”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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 further investigated for administrative action” and that other health professionals are required to report “inappropriate prescribing practices.”

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Michigan isn’t the first state to restrict the use of the drug—Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency order last week over concerns about “bad actors” creating a shortage—but the moves have fueled allegations on the right that Democrats and media outlets are seeking to play politics with the drug.

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