As the government enacts policies trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, the private sector is finding ways to provide essential help. In fact, a donation of 1,000,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine sulfate to the Texas State Pharmacy was just announced.
State Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Tyler) worked with Amneal Pharmaceuticals to secure the donation. The tablets will be distributed to hospitals as a potential treatment option for COVID-19.
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate has shown promise in treating the COVID-19 virus. The CDC’s website says, “Based upon limited in-vitro and anecdotal data, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are currently recommended for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in several countries.”
“On behalf of the people of Texas, I thank Amneal for this generous donation,” said Hughes, chair of the Senate’s Committee on State Affairs.
“In trying times like these, Americans come together and put others ahead of themselves. Amneal’s donation is a shining example, and it reminds us of how blessed we are to be Americans.”
The drug is commonly used to treat malaria, but is used also as a treatment for conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and is known to be well-tolerated.
While hydroxychloroquine has not been approved by the Food & Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19, there are currently federal trials being conducted.
A doctor in Dallas has successfully used the medicine along with azithromycin to treat at least one patient with COVID-19.
Hughes first learned that Amneal wanted to help with a donation through a friend. He worked through the regulatory process with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The two state departments helped expedite the process for accepting the donation and will also assist in its distribution statewide.
Amneal chief executives Chirage and Chintu Patel want to help the fight against COVID-19. “With an existing supply of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and our ability to quickly accelerate production, we are humbled to be able to assist the hardest-hit states and hospitals around the country to benefit as many patients as possible.”
Amneal Pharmaceuticals is an American manufacturing company headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
The company has also donated 2,000,000 tablets to the state of New York.
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Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.