B.C. pharmacists not to fill prescriptions for unproven COVID 19 drugs

U.S. President Donald Trump recently called the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine a "game changer'' in fighting the new coronavirus, but the college includes that drug in its warning

ritish Columbia's College of Pharmacists is telling its members not fill prescriptions for certain medications if the drugs are being prescribed for unproven uses, outside of a clinical trial.

A statement from the college says health professionals are aware of growing demands on social media for access to antiviral or antibiotic drugs to treat COVID-19.

article continues below

The college says a proven treatment for COVID-19 does not yet exist and using unproven therapies is not only dangerous, it could risk the health of those who need those drugs for legitimate treatments.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently called the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine a "game changer'' in fighting the new coronavirus, but the college includes that drug in its warning.

It says other unproven treatments include a powerful antibiotic and antivirals prescribed to treat HIV/AIDS.

The college says, outside of clinical trials, doctors and nurse practitioners should not prescribe those drugs for COVID-19 treatment and pharmacists are instructed not to fill prescriptions if they do.

© Kamloops This Week

 


KTW Daily News Alerts
KAMLOOPS WEATHER

Question of the Week POLL

Have you had to apply for EI or any emergency benefits offered by government, due to the pandemic’s effect on your job?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

It’s time. Support your local media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.