23 March 2020 – Health professionals should avoid prescribing drugs as preventative measures

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Listening to scientists or health/other experts; Drug-based measures
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Public Health

Overview: Health professionals are being asked to avoid prescribing drugs as a preventive measure without any scientific evidence, as no scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of any known drug, although recent studies on a limited number of subjects have indicated the effectiveness of the combination of hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine and azithromycin for people already infected with COVID-19.
Full details here: https://dpml.cm/index.php/fr/s-informer/alertes/annee-2020/483-lette-circulaire-relative-au-controle-de-la-prescription-des-medicaments-utilisables-dans-le-traitement-de-l-infection-due-au-nouveau-coronavirus-covid-19

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government