Oregon relaxes new restrictions on drugs to fight virus

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A doctor at a veterans home in Oregon used a malaria drug to treat eight patients there for coronavirus, but says a state rule enacted March 25 would prevent him from treating any more veterans there. On Wednesday, a state agency changed its rule after an outcry, allowing the drug’s use at places like the veterans home. Hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug, chloroquine, showed some encouraging signs in small, early tests against the coronavirus. On March 25, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy adopted a temporary emergency rule prohibiting the dispensing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 outside a hospital.