New Hampshire's Republican-controlled House has passed a bill that would allow pharmacists to dispense the malaria and anti-Covid medicine Ivermectin as a standard order, meaning over-the-counter without a doctor's prescription.
Similar bills are also working their way through state legislatures in Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, and Alaska.
The sponsor of the bill is state Rep. Leah Cushman, who is also a nurse. Cushman told the Epoch Times that she believes "lives will be saved if human grade Ivermectin was available to Covid-19 patients."
House Republicans sent a clear message today that we support expanding options for the treatment of COVID.Rep. Leah Cushman, R-New Hampshire
There is also a provision in the bill that protects doctors from any potential discipline for prescribing the drug.
Many U.S. pharmacies improperly refused doctor's orders to fill Ivermectin prescriptions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and numerous reputable doctors were threatened with losing their medical license if they attempted to prescribe Ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment even though it's been deemed a safe, effective drug for decades under FDA standards. A large body of evidence finds Ivermectin is highly-effective in keeping early Covid-19 cases from progressing to more serious cases. Some scientists also believe it is an effective preventative medicine.
House Bill 1022 now goes to the state Senate and is considered likely to pass, as the Senate is also controlled by Republicans.
New Hampshire's state legislature is working on a number of other Covid-19 related bills as well, including one that would ban the enforcement of any federal vaccine mandate.
Members of the assembly recently rejected a bill that would have added the Covid-19 vaccine to the state's childhood immunization requirements for public school students.
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