Florida’s Department of Health unveiled a new guidance that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe off-label pharmaceuticals for early COVID treatment – without any further legal consequences.
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Published on February 24, the guidance explains that health care practitioners in the Sunshine State will now be encouraged to provide treatment using federally approved generic drugs to patients in need.
“When recommending COVID-19 treatment options for patients’ individualized health care needs, physicians should exercise their individual clinical judgment and expertise based on their patient’s needs and preferences,” the guidance states.
“These options may include emerging treatments backed by quality evidence, with appropriate patient informed consent, including off-label use or as part of a clinical trial.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis helped spearhead the initiative in an effort to protect health care practitioners from potential lawsuits for providing early treatment. He says it is important for doctors to have access to these other drugs in addition to those that received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the federal government such as monoclonal antibodies.
“We want people to be able to have a right to access these medications, especially if they’re in a situation where nothing else has worked,” DeSantis announced in a statement.