Further clamps on hydroxychloroquine imminent

Government acts following off-label prescribing spree that's causing shortages

Hydroxychloroquine will be restricted to Authority (streamlined) on the PBS from 1 May following a recent doubling of scripts that’s contributing to supply shortages, a Federal Government letter reveals.

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The proposed move follows global interest in the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.

In a letter to RACP president Associate Professor Mark Lane, circulated to all members of the College, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly asks for help in managing supply of the drug,