The Republican senator of Wisconsin, Senator Ron Johnson asked US President Donald Trump to remove all restrictions slapped by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-Malaria drug.
Though there is little evidence on the efficacy of the drug to combat the coronavirus, Sen. Ron Johnson is organizing a letter from physicians in United States. Johnson’s office said that so far, the letter has the backing of 776 practicing physicians. He’s already submitted it to the White House but is collecting more signatures until Trump responds.He wants to push President Donald Trump to increase access to the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
The Wisconsin Republican’s letter, which is still being circulated for signatures, urges Trump to remove a restriction from the Food and Drug Administration that says hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can be used for only certain “hospitalized patients.”
In addition, the letter recommends Trump issue an executive order that would prohibit governors from limiting hydroxychloroquine to hospitalized patients and prevent any state medical and pharmacy boards from retaliating against doctors or pharmacists who prescribe the drug for patients infected with or exposed to coronavirus.
Johnson’s letter argues that restricting the drug to hospitalized patients results in the “loss of the critical early window of opportunity”.