REPORT: Disturbing report accuses doctors of selfishly hoarding THIS
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Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country.
The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas that the boards in those states have issued emergency restrictions or guidelines on how the drugs can be dispensed at pharmacies. More states are expected to follow suit.
The article goes on to state the following:
The medications being prescribed differ slightly from state to state, but include those lauded by President Trump at televised briefings as potential breakthrough treatments for the virus, which has killed more than 500 people in the United States and infected at least 43,000.
According to the Times, pharmacists have taken to social media with stories about a rise in prescriptions written by doctors for themselves or family members.
On Facebook, one user said they have had “multiple prescribers calling in prescriptions for Plaquenil [a brand name of hydroxychloroquine],” the user going on to ask whether that was ethical.
“I got called a communist for telling a prescriber, who was trying to call it in for themselves, no,” another user replied.
Pro Publica further reported that Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, is asking pharmacists and medical groups in the state to discourage prescribers to avoid the practice.
“We even had a couple of examples of prescribers trying to say that the individual they were calling in for had rheumatoid arthritis,” [Reynolds] said, according to Pro Publica. He went on to explain that pharmacists didn’t believe the excuses.
“I mean, that’s fraud,” he said.
From Pro Publica:
In one case, Reynolds said, the prescriber initially tried to get the pills without an explanation and only offered up that the individual had rheumatoid arthritis after the pharmacist questioned the prescription.
In a bulletin to pharmacists on Sunday, the state association wrote that it was “disturbed by the current actions of prescribers” and instructed members on how to file a complaint against physicians and nurses who were doing it.
Pharmacists told ProPublica that they are seeing unusual and fraudulent prescribing activity as doctors stockpile unproven coronavirus drugs endorsed by President Donald Trump. https://t.co/lqrvGt63AL
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