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State-Level Action on Preemptive Prescribing

Entities in multiple states are taking action against the preemptive prescription of medications for a potential future COVID-19 illness. The North Carolina Medical Board has published a message for all licensees reminding them of the risks of preemptive prescribing, and the Virginia Department of Health has published a recommendation against the practice.

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