Nevada governor signs order on malaria drugs for coronavirus patients
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Nevada governor signs order on malaria drugs for coronavirus patients

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency order Tuesday barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus. But Sisolak’s order does not apply to patients who are hospitalized with coronavirus.

The order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine came after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus.

Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.

The governor’s rule comes a day after a Phoenix-area man died and his wife was in critical condition after they took an additive used to clean fish tanks known as chloroquine phosphate, similar to the drug used to treat malaria.

(Editor's note: This article was clarified with changes from an earlier version).

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