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.
Arizona Health Alert Network