Possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cure Has Patients Stockpiling

Monday, March 23rd 2020, 2:33 pm
By: Karl Torp

The president's remarks about a medication being used now that could stop the coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent some in the metro scrambling to their local pharmacy.

Stephanie Coy just got new supply of the Hydroxychloroquine.

She uses the medication to treat a connective tissue disorder that causes her muscle pain.

“It was really something that was a game changer for me. It was important to take something that let me be the mother I wanted to be,” said Coy, who has been taking the medication for two years.

The antiviral medication was developed to fight Malaria.

It’s also used to treat those suffering from Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders.

Some scientists said there is some evidence that suggests it can effectively treat those with COVID-19.

“It could be a game changer,” President Trump said last week about the medication during a news conference.

Those remarks immediately sent Coy out the door.

“The first thing I did to be honest with you is get to the pharmacy and get a refill on my medication,” said Coy, who knows of other autoimmune disease patients now trying to get a three-month supply.

Fears of pharmacies running out of Hydroxychloroquine has Governor Kevin Stitt now taking action.

He signed an executive order preserving Hdroxychloroquine in pharmacies for patients already on the medication.

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation said Hydroxychloroquine may be used as treatment, but it’s not a preventive medication.