I have no issue with doctors using their expertise to treat their patients with whatever drug is suitable. But I find it terrible when the president suggests a treatment that then causes people to hoard the drug. (Unless I have misread something, see post 31 above as an example). So now we can add another item to a hoarders shopping list?
I previously took Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for my rheumatoid arthritis. I didn't work for me, but with the hoarding/shortages that I am hearing about now I feel sorry for others who are on that drug and may not be able to get the medicine that keeps their autoimmune disease under control. For anyone wondering what the big deal is, here is what I am unable to do when my disease is left untreated: roll over in bed, get dressed in the morning, hold a cup of coffee, drive a car, in other words, move any part of my body without excruciating pain. Treatment for autoimmune disease is complicated and sometimes it takes months to find an effective treatment. In the mean time, you are unable to move without pain. Additionally it takes weeks for some treatments to show results so taking someone off of a successful treatment can make their lives miserable for months.
Folks hoarding this medication cause a shortage that helps very few at the expense of many - both critical patients in an ICU suffering from Covid-19 and sufferers of autoimmune diseases who need to take the drug daily.