Idaho sets restrictions on drugs undergoing testing in treating coronavirus


Idaho became the first state to put restrictions on pharmacists filling new prescriptions for two anti-malarial drugs undergoing testing to determine their efficacy in treating coronavirus.

When word starting spreading nationally about the potential use of combating the coronavirus with two already available drugs it started a run on the drugs.

The Idaho Statesman reports some doctors began writing prescriptions for themselves, family members or other associates in an effort to stockpile the drugs.

Idaho State Board of Pharmacy acted quickly to put a stop to the practice when it became aware it was happening in Idaho.

Wanting to get out in front of this problem as quickly as it could, the state board imposed a temporary rule limiting new prescriptions to people who have a diagnosis that supports the need for the medication.