Governor Now Asking Trump For Virus Drugs She Banned After Trump Mentioned Them

Holly Matkin

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently threatened "administrative action" against physicians who prescribed the drugs.

Lansing, MI – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office has reversed its stance on the hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine drugs that President Donald Trump has repeatedly heralded as being a successful treatment for some COVID-19 patients.

Just last week, Whitmer’s office threatened “administrative action” against physicians who were prescribing the drugs for such use within the state of Michigan, FOX News reported.

Bureau of Professional Licensing Director Deb Gagliardi and Enforcement Division Director Forrest Pasanski addressed the issue in a recent letter to “licensed prescribers and dispensers,” according to the news outlet.

“The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose,” the joint letter read.

They warned that “prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage” of the anti-malarial drug for patients who needed it for its intended uses.

“These drugs have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19,” Pasanski and Gagliardi said at the time. “Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action.”

But Whitmer’s office did an about-face this week, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted authorization to use the anti-malarial drugs as a potential emergency treatment for patients battling the novel coronavirus, FOX News reported.

Under the emergency use authorization, the drugs may be “distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” the FDA said.

During a press briefing on Monday, Whitmer said that she is constantly adjusting policies as new information about the pandemic emerge, Bridge Magazine reported.

Whitmer’s administration subsequently put in a request to receive the drugs from the Strategic National Stockpile.

The accessibility of the drugs was made possible by Bayer Pharmaceutical, which donated one million doses of chloroquine phosphate, and Sandoz, which donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, Bridge Magazine reported.

Those donations have been accepted into the Strategic National Stockpile.

“President Trump is taking every possible step to protect Americans from the coronavirus and provide them with hope,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement to FOX News. “Scientists in America and around the world have identified multiple potential therapeutics for COVID-19, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.”

Azar credited President Trump for his role in securing larger quantities of the anti-malarial drugs.

“The President’s bold leadership and the hard work of FDA and HHS’s Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have succeeded in securing this large donation of medicine,” he said. “We’ll continue working around the clock to get American patients access to therapeutics that may help them battle COVID-19, while building the evidence to evaluate which options are effective.”

President Trump set off a firestorm of controversy when he announced during a White House coronavirus task force briefing that hydroxychloroquine was an FDA-approved drug that could treat COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine has FDA approval to treat malaria, not coronavirus, but doctors all over the world have bene experimenting with it and seeing success, CNN reported.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the drug has been proven effective when it was used to treat severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses - including the SARS strain that causes Covid-19 - as well as other coronaviruses.

The drugs have been in use for a long time to treat other illnesses, so doctors already have a lot of data about how people respond to the FDA-approved medications.

President Trump has represented the drug as being safer than other experimental options at this point and pointed out it was being successfully used to treat lupus and arthritis in some, CNN reported.

"The nice part is, it's been around for a long time, so we know that if things don't go as planned, it's not going to kill anybody,” he explained at a task force briefing.

Comments (36)
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flybynight
flybynight

Orange man bad so you can't have the meds.................oh wait, I changed my mind, bad optics and all and maybe they do help people, my bad. Give me a break you idiot!!!!!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

When you look up "dunce" in the dictionary, Whitmer's picture is there.

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flybynight
flybynight

Along with many others as well.

ikaika
ikaika

She wants a do-over. Aren't Democrats entitled to that?

flybynight
flybynight

The thing about is that she would be eating that medicine like candy if she came down with this virus.

flybynight
flybynight

Well sure they are, just ask them. *sarc

DR226
DR226

Should stake her down in front of the state capital and let any Michigan resident that wants to, breathe in her face.

flybynight
flybynight

I like it. 😷

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Dumb twat... typical reversal of opinion when you're completely clueless about the facts

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It takes a person with integrity to admit when they are wrong.

Not sure if that happened here in a sincere way, but I hope she learns a lesson about making scientific/medical decisions based upon political bias.

Khh
Khh

한국에서는 독감 예방 주사를 많이 맞는다 어쩌면 이 독감 주사가 코로나19 침입 방지에 도움을 준 것은 아닌지 싶다 즉 독감 예방이 폐렴도 예방 해 주니까 그런거 같다 즉 면역력을 올려서 원천적으로 막아주는 효과가 있는 것 같다

DJMM
DJMM

Do you know the only way to deal with this partisan hate? VOTE THEM OUT!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Why, why why does the public elect these people? Good looks doesn't always mean good sense!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Trump Derangement SYNDRONE

These politicans have a serious mental disorder that is clouding common sense!

The doctors, medical professional are using this medicine with positive results on their patients.

But the never Trumpers ignore the experts at the peril of their citizens

WTF

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

This, after she blasted Trump and blamed him for suppliers not sending supplies. She got called out on that one also. She never requested FEMA supplies until March 26 and on the 27th went orbit saying supplies were not being delivered. Why she didn't request supplies when she should have, is anybody's guess. Day late and a dollar short again, Gretchen. She's a blight on my state.

SWAT
SWAT

It is amazing how people hate ever decision our president makes saying he is stupid and has no clue! Do they not realize that he had a very intelligent team of advisors sharing the latest advice to help the AMERICAN people as a whole not by how they vote.
Get real people this effects is all!
God bless our president and his staff.

BAH330
BAH330

Gretchen Half Whitmer. Lol

NomonK
NomonK

When will Governor Cuomo see the light. Only after you have been admitted to a hospital can you get it in NY.
Can't tell me he doesn't have the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

DarrellB
DarrellB

But she runs the Big Government that is supposed to coddle and protect you. ONLY they know better. You are unwashed and can't be informed.
Votes have consequences!!!!
In this case deadly ones!!!

2ezas
2ezas

Dumb as dumb is

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

ggggrrrRRRRAAAGGGHH!!!! ORANGE MAAAN BAAAD!!!!!!!

-Her brain

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

White trash copy of the democrat party taco slut a.o.c.

Tpr365
Tpr365

How many died in Michigan while she denied them a drug that is saving infected people. She denied them this treatment out of hate for President Trump. A friend describes Whitmer as a deer in your headlights.

K in the D
K in the D

She is looking to get points with the Democratic Party and Biden not do what’s best of the people of MI. She’s gotta go. Sign the petition for her impeachment!!!

Jane2steve
Jane2steve

If I had a family member who died of the virus and who lived in a state where a governor ban his drug, I’d sue the governor. I also charge them with a hate crime and murder.


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