Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made a decision that is going to adversely affect the state’s population as they attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Doctors in the state are now banned from providing their patients with hydroxychloroquine and Z-Paks. Hydroxychloroquine is considered to be one of the safest drugs when it comes to treating the virus.
The success rate is high but Whitmer does not want to hear about that. She’s not the first Democratic governor to make this decision, either. Nevada Governor Sisolak issued a similar ban recently. If you live in either of these states and you are hoping for the proper care, you are essentially out of luck.
Can you believe that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Michigan is actually issuing threats to doctors who are using these medications? During a time like this, state governments need to remain open minded and consider all possible treatments. These types of bans are self serving at best and actively harmful to the population at worst.
A letter was sent earlier this week, letting these physicians know what would take place if they continued to prescribe these sorts of medications. They are going to face professional consequences for trying to keep their patients safe. This sort of reaction is a hard one to fathom.
While there are rational recommendations to be made about the hoarding of medications as production starts to increase, there is no reason to be so down on the medications as a whole. The letter did not even provide any sort of recourse for the doctors involved. They were told to expect administrative action against them if they were found to have prescribed these medications.
These are the types of threats that do very little to help anyone. The doctors are now left without a course of treatment that could have been very helpful and patients are being left to suffer in the meantime. Pharmacists have also been told that they are supposed to be neglecting any prescriptions of this nature that are being sent into them.
Meanwhile, there is a debate raging about pharmacists who are being forced to fill prescriptions that go against their religious beliefs. These new regulations in Michigan could leave pharmacists in a terrible position. Instead of being able to make decisions that are based on their religious beliefs, they could be forced to fill out prescriptions that go against them.
We cannot imagine how frustrating it would be to have to fill out a prescription that goes against your beliefs, while not being allowed to give people the medications that are going to save their lives. This is an awful juxtaposition and Michigan should not allow these new rules to stand.
Health care providers have also been placed in an untenable position, as they are now required to report any physician that is found to have prescribed the medications. These measures are draconian, to say the least. Neighbors are being asked to report each other to the authorities and it is starting to feel like we live in a nation of tattle tales.
Healthcare professionals need to be able to come together during these sorts of moments. Instead, this letter is encouraging them to turn on each other. They will be at each other’s throats now because they have no choice. Their livelihood is being threatened, which places them in a tough position. They can either provide patients with the medications that they need or risk losing their jobs.
Do these states not have a heart? Michigan and Nevada are closing off a form of treatment that is already generating the desired results and it all feels very political from where we are sitting. Would these states still be making these choices if President Trump was not the one who had let the world know about the effectiveness of these treatments? It is hard to say.
Governors should not be meddling with medicine. Are doctors going to be allowed to tell governors how to do their jobs? Probably not. So why would anyone sit back and allow it to happen in reverse? These are the sorts of questions that need answering and we are tired of patients being made to suffer for reasons that don’t truly make sense.
The families of the patients who are affected by this governor’s order should have every right to sue. These governors do not care if anyone lives or dies. All they care about is satisfying their constituents, even if they are completely wrong about everything that is currently taking place.