New bid to curb doctors' prescribing of hydroxychloroquine

PBS restrictions come as Clive Palmer continues to spruik the drug for COVID-19

Hydroxychloroquine scripts will be further restricted following sporadic shortages in Australia driven by apparent use of the agent to combat COVID-19.

The Federal Government has announced that from 1 May the PBS listing will change from ‘unrestricted’ to Authority Required (streamlined), following earlier moves to restrict initiation of the drug to a defined set of specialties, excluding GPs.

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