Steve Sisolak, Democrat governor of Nevada, has banned the use of two malaria medications promoted by President Trump as possible remedies for coronavirus.
The absurd overreaction comes as media hysteria drove a false news story that attempted to blame President Trump for the death of an Arizona man after he and his wife ingested fish tank cleaner with a similar name.
As a result, Sisolak issued an executive order prohibiting prescriptions for the two drugs – chloroquine (the Arizona couple took chloroquine phosphate) and hydroxychloroquine – for use in patients suffering from coronavirus.
Could Lead to Further Deaths
“While the two drugs have necessary medical purposes, there is no conclusive evidence at this time among COVID-19 experts or Nevada’s own medical health advisory team that the drugs provide treatment for COVID-19 patients,” a statement by Sisolak reads.
Not only is Sisolak’s power-grab an overreach of government on a grand scale, but it could potentially lead to more deaths due to the coronavirus.
Doctors seeking to use the potentially life-saving drugs in compassionate care situations will now be prevented from doing so.
President Trump says it “would be a gift from Heaven.. God” if the Experimental Malaria Drug worked.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 21, 2020
Naturally, a politician telling doctors what they can and can not prescribe doesn’t typically go over well. Sisolak’s move was no exception.
Ryan Fournier, a co-chair of Students For Trump, railed against Sisolak noting that his ban “comes after people have seen success following drug testing.”
“This is ridiculous,” he added.
The drugs banned in Nevada are in fact being used in clinical trials, with Fox News reporting, “They are among a select group of possible therapies the World Health Organization is currently looking at as potentially treating or preventing COVID-19.”
Rather than wait for consensus from the medical community, Nevada’s TDS infected governor prematurely banned the use of malaria drugs as a potential treatment for the coronavirus purely to spite President Trump https://t.co/vuA4EboY4z
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 25, 2020
It’s truly difficult to report on this move by the Nevada Governor as anything short of idiotic.
He’s, quite literally, banning drugs currently being tested for use in coronavirus patients simply because he fell for a fake news story about a man who consumed fish tank cleaner.
Clinical trials have begun in New York, the state hardest hit by the coronavirus in the country.
A statement by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office notes that New York has received “70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine to implement drug trials.”
“We hope for optimistic results,” Cuomo said during a press conference. “The president and the FDA accelerated that drug coming to New York so the hospitals will start using that drug today.”
Imagine that – A power-grab so outrageous that Andrew Cuomo won’t even go there.
Obviously there isn’t enough evidence to say these drugs will work yet, but Cuomo is at least giving it a try and others are doing trials to see if it could be successful.
Sisolak’s actions threaten lives.