The Ministry of Health has banned all pharmacies and chemists from selling chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine drug to clients without a proper prescription from the doctor.
This directive comes after it emerged Kenyans are stocking up on the drugs to self-medicate for the coronavirus. US President Donald Trump recently considered chloroquine as a possible treatment for the pandemic which has since seen a spike in demand.
Doctors, however, are yet to approve the drug officially for the treatment of coronavirus.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has warned the public that the irrational use of the drug may lead to irreversible blindness.
Following the news that the United States of America is using Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine to treat SARS-COV-2, there has been a rush by many to acquire these medicines from pharmacies to stock them.
Please note that irrational use of these hydroxychloroquine may lead to irreversible blindness which is detrimental to the health of the general publicPharmacy and Poisons Board
The board has said that clinical trials on the use of the drugs are in progress but insist there is no clinical data that proves that they actually cure the virus.
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