A New Jersey State Senator, who is also a doctor, is urging Governor Murphy to lift restrictions on doctors who want to prescribe a well known Malaria drug to patients who could potentially test positive for corona virus. Senator Joe Pennacchio is a dentist. He serves the 26th legislative district. As of now, an administrative order from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs allows doctors to prescribe Hydroxychloroquine only after a patient tests positive for Covid-19. The Murphy administration set the limit on doctors out of concern the medication would be prescribed improperly and hoarded. Senator Pennacchio and many other doctors have pointed out testing is limited in many areas of New Jersey. He says doctors should be allowed to prescribe "HCQ" based on their knowledge and experience when symptoms appear. Which could prevent the disease from getting worse. In a press release a few days ago Pennacchio said: " It's time for Trenton to stop interfering with doctors and endorse this treatment as both therapeutic and preventative. Let the professionals call the shots and save lives." The 26th legislative district includes West Milford and Rockaway.
Source: New Jersey Herald