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Coronavirus Pandemic Continues To Impact Supplies Of Many Prescription Drugs

  • May 29, 2020

The New York Times (5/28, O'Connor) reports on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected supplies of multiple prescription drugs, including ACE inhibitors and ARBs, citing a research letter published in JAMA. The researchers examined nationwide prescription patterns and concluded that some patients have likely stockpiled prescription drugs they take, due to fears they would be unable to renew or refill their prescriptions, while other people have been unable to receive new prescriptions they would have otherwise received, because they were unable to meet with physicians. The researchers also examined prescription patterns for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are used to treat malaria and autoimmune diseases, but some have claimed can treat coronavirus.