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Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of Physicians and Surgeons, told Capitol Media Services the agency is illegally restricting the rights of doctors to choose what is best for the patients.
The action comes after Gov. Doug Ducey in April imposed his own restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine, forbidding Arizona doctors from prescribing the drug for prophylactic purposes absent a peer-reviewed medical study showing it is effective. To date, there has not been one.
She and Dr. Michael Robb, the president of the Arizona chapter of the association, wrote to Ducey later that month asking him to rescind the order.
“We got no response at all,” she said.
But Orient said Monday the decision was made to sue not Ducey but the FDA. She said the presumption is that if its orders are voided, the governor will have no basis to deny the drug to Arizona residents.
The lawsuit comes as another 789 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday, bringing the Arizona tally to 27,678, including 1,047 deaths.