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Lawmaker Suggests State's Hydroxychloroquine Ban Politically Motivated, Makes FOIA Demand

Added 08-03-20 11:45:03pm EST - “'If [Northam] were to be influential in delivering Virginia, the Democrats in some way, that might be one of the few opportunities he'd have.'” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “VA State Lawmaker FOIA’s Northam Over Concerns Hydroxychloroquine Ban Is Politically Motivated”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Zach Gibson / Getty ImagesDemocratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference on June 4, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. (Zach Gibson / Getty Images)

Virginia House Delegate David LaRock is calling on the commonwealth’s health commissioner to lift restrictions on the use of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients and suggesting they may be political in nature.

The Republican, in a letter to State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver last week, also made a Freedom of Information Act request for all documents held by the Department of Health and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam pertaining to hydroxychloroquine.

In March, Oliver issued guidance regarding the treatment of coronavirus cases, which read in part, “Prescriptions for chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine and azithromycin should be restricted in the outpatient setting and should require a diagnosis ‘consistent with the evidence for its use.'”

Several doctors have gone on record stating that they have experienced success treating COVID-19 patients with a combination of hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin and zinc.

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