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Suppose you are a family physician who is beginning to see more and more cases of what appears to be COVID-19. There is currently no cure, and no vaccine. However, a small unreplicated study suggests a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may improve patient outcomes.

The use of these drugs has not been approved for this purpose, and further studies are underway but so far incomplete. The president of the United States, along with other influential members of society, have widely praised this drug combination (without adequate proof), and some of your patients have started asking for it.

These drugs are easily ordered, but already some parts of the world are facing shortages—and they're needed to treat other serious diseases.

Your colleague suggests ordering a small stockpile, just in case the research shows these drugs help your patients. He also suggests keeping some for personal use.


What do you do?



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