Oklahoma trying to return anti-malaria drug touted by Trump: report

Source: The Hill | January 27, 2021 | Joseph Choi

The Oklahoma attorney general’s office is seeking to return $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria medication endorsed by former President Trump as an effective medication against COVID-19 despite little evidence to support that claim.

As The Frontier reports, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) made the purchase in April and defended his decision by arguing that even if hydroxychloroquine was not effective against the coronavirus, it still had several uses. He stated, “That money will not have gone to waste in any respect.”

However, the Sooner State is now attempting to return the medication to FFF Enterprises, the California-based pharmaceutical wholesaler that originally sold it.

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Spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, Alex Gerszewski, told The Fronter that his office was attempting “to try to figure out a solution,” at the request of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The newspaper notes that 20 states ultimately bought hydroxychloroquine after Trump touted it as effective against COVID-19, though only Oklahoma and Utah bought it from private wholesalers.

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