Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been humbled and is now begging President Trump for a resource that she banned and threatened doctors with administrative action if they used it.
Last week, Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to send a letter to doctors informing them that if they used hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients they would be severe administrative action taken against them.
The letter read:
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.
Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19. Michigan pharmacists may see an increased volume of prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine and should take special care to evaluate the prescriptions’ legitimacy. Pursuant to Michigan Administrative Code, R 338.490(2), a pharmacist shall not fill a prescription if the pharmacist believes the prescription will be used for other than legitimate medical purposes or if the prescription could cause harm to a patient. It is also important to be mindful that licensed health professionals are required to report inappropriate prescribing practices.
Whitmer has now reversed course, the drug has been successfully used around the globe for the treatment of the Wuhan virus. The only reason why she banned it was because of partisan political reasons.
Whitmer claims that she did not “ban” the drug to treat coronavirus patients and that is was just a “miscommunication.” According to the leader of the State Senate Mike Shirkey he claims he contacted the governor’s office to issue something so that people wouldn’t stock pile the medicine so those that rely on the drug would still be able to obtain it. Shirkey said he never told the governor to ban it.
“We needed something to prevent cloroquine from becoming the next toilet paper,” he told Gary Miles, publisher, at Detroit News. “I quickly requested of her staff that they put something out, and somehow in the translation it was prohibiting use of these drugs — and that wasn’t the intent.”
It sickens me that the Governor would use something that could help people for political purposes. If Gov. Whitmer really wanted to help the people of her state she could have started a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine to help gather data.