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Avoid inappropriate prescribing in the COVID-19 epidemic

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Society PA,

There is widespread social media reporting the efficacy of antimalarial and antibiotic medications for treatment of COVID-19.  The data to support this is preliminary and insufficient at this time and should not be applied on a population level.   

Over the past 48 hours, we have been made aware of several downstream effects:

1) Patients are inappropriately requesting prescriptions of antimalarial and certain antibiotic medications

2) Pharmacies are running out of antimalarial and certain antibiotic medications

3) Patients are self-administering antimalarial and certain antibiotic medications

4) Patients are self-administering non-FDA and household products (i.e. fish tank cleaner)

ARIZONA PROVIDERS: Please do not prescribe theorized “anti-COVID” medications and counsel patients against using inappropriate medications and household products to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Management of COVID-19 is currently supportive care for respiratory and pneumonia care.  For further resources on treatment guidelines, see the CDC clinical guidance and clinical trials.

Thank you,
Arizona Health Alert Network

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