The state of Ohio has issued a directive banning the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be used as a treatment for COVID-19.
The directive reads as follows (bolded for emphasis):
(A) No prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be dispensed by a
pharmacist or sold at retail by a licensed terminal distributor of dangerous drugs, including
prescriptions for patients residing in Ohio dispensed or sold at retail by nonresident terminal
distributors of dangerous drugs as defined in rule 4729:5-8-01 of the Administrative Code,
unless the prescription bears a written diagnosis code from the prescriber or a statement
indicating its veterinary medical purpose.
(B) Except as provided in paragraph (C) of this rule, prescriptions issued for chloroquine or
hydroxychloroquine for prophylactic use related to COVID-19 or for the treatment of COVID19 are strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the board’s executive director in
consultation with the board president, at which time a resolution shall issue. Upon the
effective date of this rule, all previous approvals for the use of chloroquine or
hydroxychloroquine shall be deemed void and must be approved using the process outlined
in this paragraph.
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