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Read about COVID-19 Update from FDA
According to the FDA
, there are no FDA-approved therapeutics to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19, there are several FDA-approved treatments that may help ease the symptoms from a supportive care perspective. Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine are not yet FDA-approved for COVID-19. We understand research is currently underway with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and acknowledge that these drugs may be helpful at certain stages of the disease.
We want providers and pharmacists to act with their best discretion to ensure patients continue to receive appropriate treatment in time of shortages. However, we discourage inappropriate prescribing of this medication for prophylaxis, which may restrict access for patients that really need appropriate therapy such as those patients in our state with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and malaria diagnoses.
Please review 69.41.040
for appropriate prescription requirements and practice good stewardship over the drug supply chain.
Thanks for your attention during these unprecedented times.
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is now being felt across the country, with conference organizers increasingly being urged to cancel large gatherings and for all of society to limit group interactions. In response to CDC guidance, ADA recommendations, State of Washington directives, and many institutional bans on travel, the SDDS leadership has determined that we will be unable to hold the Inland Northwest Dental Conference as planned on April 23rd-25th. We remain grateful to our exhibitors and speakers who have invested considerable effort in creating an outstanding conference. SDDS understands the inconvenience and our Leadership team is working hard to reschedule and create a solution for all to obtain their continuing education. We will notify everyone as soon as we have additional information.