The Run on Chloroquine Is Hurting the People Who Need It

The president’s praise for an unproven drug didn’t make me hopeful. Instead, it has sent my family into a state of panic.

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“We’re only filling for 30 days because of high demand,” the pharmacist said.

Hydroxychloroquine, also known as Plaquenil, is a drug that’s been used to treat malaria for more than half a century. It’s also approved for several autoimmune conditions, including the one my dad has: antiphospholipid syndrome, which causes his immune system to attack proteins in his blood and can lead to blood clots.

Midwest-based freelance writer

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