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British Columbia’s College of Pharmacists is telling its members not to fill prescriptions for certain medications if the drugs are being prescribed for unproven uses, outside of a clinical trial.

A statement from the college says health professionals are aware of growing demands on social media for access to antiviral or antibiotic drugs to treat COVID-19.

The college says a proven treatment for COVID-19 does not yet exist and using unproven therapies is not only dangerous, it could risk the health of those who need those drugs for legitimate treatments.

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U.S. President Donald Trump recently called the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine a “game changer” in fighting the new coronavirus, but the college includes that drug in its warning.

It says other unproven treatments include a powerful antibiotic and antivirals prescribed to treat HIV/AIDS.

The college says, outside of clinical trials, doctors and nurse practitioners should not prescribe those drugs for COVID-19 treatment and pharmacists are instructed not to fill prescriptions if they do.

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