Additional COVID-19 medicines secured for Louisiana

Chris Miller
April 06, 2020 - 3:54 pm

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined Gov. John Bel Edwards today to announce the Louisiana Department of Justice has secured hundreds of thousands of doses of medicine that may help alleviate COVID-19 symptoms.  Landry announced Teva Pharmaceuticals is making available 8,000 packs of azithromycin, an antibiotic,  and 400,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly prescribed to lupus patients and used to fight malaria.

"I want to caution everyone that these drugs do not represent a silver bullet or magic solution to our COVID-19 coronovirus crisis; however, many medical doctors have chosen to prescribe these drugs to relieve symptoms of the virus in some patients. In some cases, this could allow the recoveries of these patients without the use of ventilators," said Landry. "I wish to thank Teva Pharmaceuticals for working with us to provide this important medication to benefit patients in Louisiana."

Because Teva is a named plaintiff in the state of Louisiana's opioid litigation, Landry sought the consent and counsel of Governor Edwards.

The medication has already been delivered to 100 locations in the state, including metro New Orleans, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport.

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