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Easy Ivermectin?  No, Says New Hampshire Governor

June 25, 2022

 

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-majority state legislature that would allow pharmacists to dispense Ivermectin through a standing order from a doctor without a specific prescription.

The bill (New Hampshire House Bill 1022) would also establish a commission to study the effectiveness of Ivermectin against Covid-19.

Supporters say Ivermectin has succeeded in treating coronavirus for some people. Many medical experts say studies don’t support the claim that it is generally effective in treating the virus.

People who want the drug often complain about the difficulty in getting it, since many doctors won’t prescribe it and many pharmacies won’t carry it.

In his veto message dated Friday, June 24, Sununu noted that the state currently allows pharmacists to dispense medications without a prescription in only four cases, which he said “have gone through rigorous reviews and vetting”:  contraception, substance use disorder, smoking cessation, and treatment for sexual assault.

“Furthcr, regardlcss of this veto, Ivermcctin remains available for individuals if prescribed by their doctor,” Sununu, a Republican, said in the veto message.

The New Hampshire House and Senate each passed the bill, but with far less than the two-thirds majority in both chambers that it would take to override the governor’s veto.

 

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