With the death toll from COVID-19 now surpassing 14,000 in the U.S., President Donald Trump and some of his advisers have repeatedly touted the promise of certain anti-malarial drugs to combat the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That enthusiasm has sparked increasing concern that the surge in demand for such drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, is imperiling access for patients who take them to treat autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. To help alleviate the issue, some major PBMs tell AIS Health that they’re placing utilization management controls on off-label use of hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and other drugs with the potential to treat COVID-19.
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