After receiving a barrage of support for the drug, which America's Frontline Doctors' (AFD) Dr. Stella Immanuel publicly announced helped cure more than 350 of her own patients, as well as at the request of Gov. DeWine, the OBP decided to withdraw a proposed rule that would have banned the controversial medication.
"Therefore, prohibitions on the prescribing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for the treatment of COVID-19 will not take effect at this time," the OBP announced.
Earlier in the week, Gov. DeWine indicated that he supports the position of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Steven Hahn, who has publicly stated that he believes the decision to use HCQ – or any other medication or remedy, for that matter – should be between doctor and patient, and nobody else, despite the eventual outcome.
"I agree with the statement from Dr. Steven Hahn, Commissioner of @US_FDA, that the decision about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat #COVID19 should be between a doctor and a patient," Gov. DeWine stated.
"Therefore, I am asking the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to halt their new rule prohibiting the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19."
The decision comes after much controversy over the AFD event, which was systematically censored from every major tech platform this week. Many have come out in defense of HCQ ever since, prompting Gov. DeWine to intervene on behalf of patients everywhere who would like to at least try the drug without government interference.
AFD is hardly the only authoritative voice supporting HCQ, by the way. Dr. Harvey Risch, an esteemed epidemiologist from Yale University, published a powerful op-ed in Newsweek the other day citing numerous studies and evidences showing that HCQ does, in fact, work.
Like many others in his field, Risch has bravely come forward to state that Anthony Fauci is waging a "misinformation campaign" against HCQ, even after stating 15 years ago that it works to treat coronaviruses.
Fauci continues to dig his heels in the sand, having just the other day appeared on an episode of "Good Morning America" to downplay HCQ's purported benefits. Fauci claimed that "the overwhelming prevailing clinical trials ... have indicated that it is not effective in [treating] coronavirus disease."
"[Fauci] has been maintaining a studious position that only randomized controlled trial evidence has any value," Risch stated during his own subsequent interview with Just the News. Everything else, Risch noted about Fauci, "he calls anecdotal."
In Risch's view, "the key to defeating COVID-19" is to join HCQ with zinc and one of two antibiotics, which he says has been "shown to be highly effective." If deployed widely, he adds, then 100,000 people's lives could be saved.
According to Hahn, there is some evidence to "suggest a benefit" with HCQ, though most of the "randomized trials," he says, "did not show a benefit to hydroxychloroquine, both in the prophylactic setting and in the treatment – both early and late."
"HCQ is getting shunned because there is no money to be made from it," wrote one Zero Hedge commenter about the reason behind the crusade against HCQ.
"Fauci is about representing the interests of Big Pharma and the Democrats. He doesn't give a crap about saving lives."
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