Report: Weeks after banning use of hydroxychloroquine, Nevada’s governor now hoarding it for prisoners

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CARSON CITY, NV.- Ah yes, you’ve gotta love the hypocrisy.

Last week, Law Enforcement Today reported on Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. We’ll re-share the story below in the event you didn’t read it. Anyway, long story short, Sisolak had previously banned hydroxychloroquine from being used in the state because…Trump.

Now comes a report from multiple sources that Sisolak is now hoarding it; although you won’t believe for who.

Now, Sisolak of course wouldn’t admit that. As a hard-core, leftist, anti-Trump liberal, Sisolak would be putting politics ahead of his constituents’ health by banning the use of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.

Sisolak ostensibly banned the drug because two people in Arizona took a derivative of chloroquine which was actually a product to clean fish tanks. One of two rocket scientists died as a result.

He determined that Trump was to blame because two people were vying for the Darwin award.

Sisolak also said that he wanted to maintain a supply in order to ensure that hoarders didn’t load up on the drug, causing shortages for other people who might need it for sicknesses such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

However, while the general public was prohibited from getting the potentially life-saving drug, Sisolak is reported to have been hoarding the drug for—the Department of Corrections in Nevada. In other words, if the reports are true, Sisolak is putting the lives of criminals ahead of those of citizens, according to TownHall.com.

360 News Las Vegas reported:

“According to sources at the drug maker, Concordia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nevada prisons ordered a large number of their anti-malaria hydroxychloroquine drug under the name, Plaquenil.”

Nevada prisons have had literally ZERO cases of prisoners infected with COVID 19 virus to date. There have been three total employees throughout the entire state’s Department of Correction locations to test positive.

According to Forbes:

“The Daily Beast reported that both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the BOP have both reported purchases of hydroxychloroquine since March 26, according to federal procurement records.

According to the report the VA purchased $200,000 in hydroxychloroquine tablets from the pharmaceutical companies.  The records cited they were for “emergency” purchase orders to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The BOP’s purchase did not mention COVID-19 but their purchase was for $60,000 of the product.”

The Nevada Board of Pharmacies and the Governor claimed the rule barring doctors from prescribing the drug outside of hospitals was to stop hoarding. After Sisolak’s ban went into effect, the State Prison allegedly hoarded the drug en masse just in case they had a breakout.

Gov Sisolak reportedly refused to reverse his order even after the FDA issued an emergency order earlier this week approving the drug for use against COVID 19.

Sisolak isn’t the only alleged tyrant occupying governor’s offices across the country. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also blocked the use of hydroxychloroquine in that state, once again because—Trump.

She also cited shortages in issuing her order blocking the use of the drug, however as Town Hall reports, there are alternatives to treat lupus.

Whitmer had sent a letter at the end of March that threatened ‘administrative action” against doctors who prescribed the two forms of chloroquine, so-called “experimental” drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients.

Whitmer’s administration has since removed the language threatening doctors and is now asking the federal government to send supplies of the drugs.

It is unknown what prompted Whitmer’s reversal, however the Detroit Free Press published a scathing op-ed criticizing Whitmer for the move.

“Not only is our state’s top leader threatening the selfless health care workers who are on the frontline trying to save lives, but she’s denying possible life-saving medications to actual COVID-19 victims,” the op-ed said.

The original order from Whitmer was issued in part based upon a letter sent by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who was fearful that people would hoard the drugs and deprive non-coronavirus patients of their medicine. It is uncertain how individuals could “hoard” the pills since they require a prescription

In response to the pandemic, drug companies have started to ramp up production of hydroxychloroquine given its apparent success in treating the coronavirus and due to increased demand.

For example, Mylan N.V., with facilities in England as well as Pittsburgh, PA., has restarted the production of the drug at its West Virginia facility. Aside from coronavirus, the drug treats malaria, erythematosus, and the two aforementioned afflictions, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a drug under investigation for use on coronavirus.

Mylan says that it should be in a position to supply product by mid-April with a potential of producing 50 million tablets to treat more than 1.5 million patients.

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CARSON CITY, NV. – Last week, President Trump mentioned that there was a promising development in the treatment of coronavirus, and mentioned the anti-Malaria drug chloroquine as a possible means to combat the deadly virus.

The president never said it was a cure, never said it was 100% effective, only that it has shown some promising effectiveness, and since it has already been through clinical trials, could get to market quickly. That was it.

Cue the Trump Derangement Syndrome fanatics. We reported yesterday on the media criticisms that poured in because, well Trump.

Tuesday in Nevada, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an executive order which banned the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.

Sisolak said that since there was no consensus among either Nevada doctors or other “experts” that the drug was effective to treat people with COVID-19, he was banning its use.

The order also limits the prescription of the medicines to a 30-day supply, in order to ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes” and so people do not stockpile the drug. Chloroquine is also used to treat illnesses such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Last week, the president announced that the drug “could be a game changer”

“I am a fan of that [drug] and we’ll see what happens. I have seen things that are impressive. We’ll see. We’ll know soon. When you get to safety, this is prescribed for many years for people to combat malaria, which was a big problem,” Trump said.

After the president spoke, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that he too shared the president’s positive outlook, and noted that the drug still needed to be tested specifically for coronavirus effectiveness, which mirrored a statement made the day before by FDA chief Stephen Hahn.

Note, President Trump never said that it was “the” cure for coronavirus. Liberals in the media and politics just assumed that’s what he said.

Sisolak’s order came the day after a genius in the Phoenix, Arizona area died, and his wife was in critical condition after taking something called chloroquine phosphate, even though neither was symptomatic for coronavirus. Chloroquine phosphate is used to clean fish tanks.

Despite Sisolak’s order, New York area hospitals have received federal permission to give severely ill patients a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin on a “compassionate care” basis.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) criticized Sisolak after he made the decision to block use of the drug, accusing him of politicizing the pandemic.

Democrats it seems are more interested in scoring cheap political points and trying to downplay any successes the president’s actions may be enjoying than in actually trying to help the American people navigate this crisis.

On Wednesday, Cruz posted on Twitter, “During this crisis, we should listen to the science & the medical professionals. The opposite approach: the Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license—trying to score political points against Trump—& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID-19.”

Sisolak went back after Cruz, saying in a Tweet: “Hey Senator! I’m glad we agree that it’s critical to trust science & listen to medical professionals…now and always. In a time of panic, misinformation can be dangerous, so let me help you out (make sure to read the whole thread)…”

“Here’s the deal: medical professionals don’t want bad actors to harm Nevadans (or Texans!) by creating a shortage of critical drugs for those that need it the most. We’re in a pandemic.”

“As leaders, let’s stand together as Americans to forget the partisan politics, put the health & safety of our citizens first, & commit to sharing accurate information. We can mitigate and stop #COVID19 if we do it together.”

Hmmm. Funny, Sisolak talking about “forget [ting] partisan politics.”

In light of Sisolak’s comments about “medical professionals,” apparently the “medical professionals” advising Gov. Sisolak are not so qualified after all.

One of the leading proponents of implementing the restrictions is Ihsan Azzam, Nevada’s chief medical officer. According to the Washington Times, Azzam is not even licensed to practice medicine in the United States. The issue was raised on Twitter.

While Azzam has a master’s degree and has some prior experience in environmental public health and epidemiology, his only actual experience practicing medicine was when he worked in an obstetrics and gynecology department in an African hospital over twenty years ago.

So therefore, he is not only not qualified to practice medicine in the U.S., but he apparently doesn’t have any experience treating respiratory conditions. One would almost think that his advice to Sisolak was not based upon on any medical concern but more likely by anti-Trump sentiment.

Azzam isn’t the only one that doesn’t appear to be qualified. Another Twitter sleuth noted that neither the state’s medical epidemiologist nor the state epidemiologist appeared to possess necessary qualifications in order to “make medical decisions related to infectious disease.”

Medical epidemiologist Stephanie Woodward has a doctorate in psychology, not epidemiology or public health; state epidemiologist Melissa Peek-Bullock possesses a BS in health ecology. Wonder who she knows?

Neither of the women appear to have attended medical school.

It is amazing that none of the three people in charge of the state’s epidemic response were a practicing medical doctor.

Sisolak has faced a severe backlash from residents of the state, primarily Republicans over the order. The drugs he banned are currently being used in trials, and are among a select group of possible therapies the World Health Organization is examining as potentially treating or preventing coronavirus, while the effectiveness of the drugs is unclear at this point.

It’s a shame that politicians can’t put people before their own political agenda. 

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