UPDATE: Two big pieces of news came out of the governor's press conference, which has ended.
- Gov. DeWine asks state liquor board to enact emergency rule to stop liquor sales at bars after 10 p.m.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will provide an update on COVID-19 from the Ohio Statehouse at 2 p.m.
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Shortly before the scheduled press conference, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy withdrew the rule that prohibited distributors from selling or dispensing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 after receiving feedback from the medical and patient community and at the request of DeWine, who announced his opposition to the rule Thursday morning.
I agree with the statement from Dr. Steven Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, that the decision about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 should be between a doctor and a patient. Therefore, I am asking the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to halt their new rule prohibiting the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. The Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board of Ohio should revisit the issue, listen to the best medical science, and open the process up for comment and testimony from experts.
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