Ambulatory Hydroxychloroquine Abuse Reminder

Per Ohio Attorney General: “Prescribing medications by writing prescriptions for themselves, friends and families without legitimate medical need for the medication.  As Attorney General, I am very concerned with these reports and will work very Vigorously with Ohio regulatory boards and agencies to address any illegal or prohibited conduct.” 

Emergency Rules for Dispensing Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine

From Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Ohio Attorney General, and Federal Attorney General (Ohio Northern and Southern)

According to the Board, no prescription for either drug may be dispensed by a pharmacist or sold at retail pharmacy.  This rule does not apply to inpatient settings

The exceptions to the rule are:

  • The prescription bears a written diagnosis code from the prescriber;
  • If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result, which is documented on the prescription and both of the following apply:
    • The prescription is limited to no more than a fourteen-day supply, and
    • No refills may be permitted unless a new prescription is furnished.

Prescriptions for either presumptive positive patients or prophylactic use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine related to COVID-19 is strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the Board’s Executive Director in consultation with the Board President, at which time a resolution shall issue.

March 31, 2020