first_imgAccording to Gov. Ron DeSantis, one million doses of a drug used to treat malaria and lupus are being shipped to Florida to treat coronavirus patients.Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday that Amneal Pharmaceuticals is sending a massive shipment of hydroxychloroquine to the state and it’s expected to arrive on Wednesday. Teva Pharmaceuticals is also sending a shipment of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, an antibiotic commonly known as a Z-Pak, to Florida from India.The combination of those two drugs has been used to treat COVID-19 patients across Florida.Gov. DeSantis said those drugs would be delivered to hospitals right away.Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.However, health officials said it hasn’t been fully vetted as a treatment for COVID-19 and does have side effects.Dr. Sunil Kumar with Broward Health said “I think we need to have every option that’s available for these patients.”last_img