Pharmacies set policies to stop U.S. hoarding of potential coronavirus treatments

CVS Health and Express Scripts are putting in place measures to prevent hoarding of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other treatments being tried against the new coronavirus. Walgreens Boots Alliance has placed limits on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine and the related malaria treatment chloroquine.

CVS Health and Express Scripts are putting in place measures to prevent hoarding of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other treatments being tried against the new coronavirus. Walgreens Boots Alliance has placed limits on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine and the related malaria treatment chloroquine. President Donald Trump last week touted the malaria drugs, which have been tried with some success against the illness caused by the new coronavirus, leading to a major increase in demand. U.S. infectious disease official and coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci has indicated it is too soon to embrace the old, generic drugs as a treatment, saying the therapy must be tested to assure its safety and efficacy in these patients. Both CVS Health and Express Scripts are setting limits on hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, and albuterol inhalers in an effort to enable patients with chronic conditions to access their treatments. Walgreens now has a 14-day limit for new prescriptions, a 30-day supply limit for refills, and a reduction in 90-day prescriptions to 30 days.