JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers pass a bill to help protect doctors who prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
The bill would prohibit the medical licensing board from disciplining doctors who prescribe the drugs. It would also bar pharmacists from questioning doctors who prescribe the drugs.
“PHYSICIAN AND PHARMACIST PRESCRIPTION AND DISPENSATION OF IVERMECTIN AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Sections 334.100 and 338.055)
This bill prohibits the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts from taking administrative action against a certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license required by this Chapter for any person due to the lawful dispensing, distributing, or selling of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets for human use in accordance with prescriber directions. A pharmacist cannot contact the prescribing physician or the patient to dispute the efficacy of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets for human use unless the physician or patient inquires of the pharmacist about the efficacy of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets.”
The provision is in a larger bill involving professional licensing. Both chambers passed the bill. It now heads to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk.
Republican Sen. Rick Brattin says he added the amendment because some doctors are worried they could lose their medical licenses for prescribing the drugs. That’s according to the Kansas City Star.
Some doctors prescribe the drugs to help treat COVID-19, but it quickly became a controversial topic across the U.S. While the FDA has not approved ivermectin for treating COVID-19, they have authorized the drug for humans to treat certain infections and skin conditions.
You can read the approved bill below, or click here.
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