Minnesota Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine, Allows Use for COVID-19 Treatment

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by Shane Trejo, Big League Politics:

The Democrat government in Minnesota has changed course.

The state of Minnesota is now accepting the settled science regarding hydroxychloroquine and will no longer ban the use of the medicine to treat and cure COVID-19 in ailing patients.

Democrat Governor Tim Walz had previously issued an executive order to put severe restrictions on the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. He made this declaration not too long after President Trump promoted the substance as a COVID-19 treatment. Cheap Democrat partisanship likely kept a potentially life-saving drug out of the hands of the gravely ill.

“We are pleased that Governor [Tim] Walz lifted his March 27 Executive Order 20-23 restrictions on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” said Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

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“This is good news for COVID-19 patients. Many physicians across the nation, and various researchers around the world, have found early use of hydroxychloroquine shortens illness, reduces symptoms, and keeps patients out of the hospital and off the ventilator. For many patients, hydroxychloroquine has been a life-saving medication,” she continued.

“Minnesota’s physicians and other prescribers are now free to prescribe hydroxychloroquine without fear of their patients being turned away at the pharmacy. We appreciate the Governor’s decision to make hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine available to COVID-19 patients if their doctors choose to prescribe it,” Brase added.

Hydroxychloroquine became a political hot button after President Trump advertised the drug as a COVID-19 treatment in a tweet:

Dr. Harvey A. Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, has confirmed that President Trump’s medical advice on hydroxychloroquine is worthwhile.

“Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic,” Risch wrote in Newsweek.

Steven Hatfill, a veteran virologist and adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University Medical Center, has also stated the obvious about hydroxychloroquine’s success in treating COVID-19.

“There are now 53 studies that show positive results of hydroxychloroquine in COVID infections,” Hatfill wrote in RealClearPolitics. “There are 14 global studies that show neutral or negative results — and 10 of them were of patients in very late stages of COVID-19, where no antiviral drug can be expected to have much effect.”

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