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Ducey signs order allowing some prescription refills without doctor visit

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PHOENIX — Arizonans will be allowed to refill some medications for up to 180 days without needing to visit the doctor, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday.

Ducey signed an order allowing 90-day emergency refills of maintenance medications and an additional 90-day supply if needed.

“We want to make sure our seniors and vulnerable populations are staying safe and physically distancing to the greatest extent possible, while having access to needed medications,” Ducey said in a press release.

“This commonsense order will also help free up physicians to focus on providing critical medical services at this time.”

Pharmacists will be allowed to refill the medications for up to 180 days and some electronic prescribing requirements will be waived.

Additionally, there are new requirements for filling hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions.

On March 23, an Arizona man died after ingested the equivalent of several days worth of chloroquine phosphate, which is used as aquarium cleaner.

These drugs will be limited to a 14-day supply and the prescription will need to be presented with a diagnosis code for COVID-19 from the prescriber.

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