Story 61 Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

An Ontario rheumatologist writes….


There once was a pill for malaria

But a bug came along that was scarier

They used up the rest

With barely a test

The result  H. C. Q. is now rarier.


  1. Several patients have called me to tell me their pharmacist cannot provide hcq. Some are already taking a reduced dose in the hope of maintaining efficacy but not running out
  2. Three patients have asked to be started on it where not indicated!
  3. Two colleagues have requested a prescription (declined).
  4. Several patients have told me they are not concerned about isolation because they are protected.