Governor Urges Reconsideration of Ban on Hydroxychloroquine


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine is pushing back on the move to ban the sale and distribution of a controversial drug in Ohio.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued the ban on hydroxychloroquine, which has been touted by some, including President Trump, to treat coronavirus. Hydroxychloroquine is typically used for treatment of malaria and lupus.

Thursday, DeWine urged the Board and the Ohio Medical Board to reconsider that decision. DeWine said he agrees with Dr. Stephen Hahn, Director of the Food and Drug Administration, who said the decision to prescribe it should be between a doctor and patient.

Many medical experts say hydroxychloroquine poses serious and potentially fatal complications to those with heart issues.

DeWine wants the state agencies to open the process up for comment and testimony from experts if they reconsider the decision to ban it.

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