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Utah halts malaria-drug buy, looks ahead to reopen dining


April 24, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah halted plans Friday to buy 200,000 treatments of malaria drugs that have been widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus despite warnings from doctors.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said the state's legal counsel is reviewing the circumstances around the planned $8 million purchase from local pharmacy Meds in Motion. A previous $800,000 purchase of hydroxychloroquine from the same company is also being probed.

"I have some questions about how it came about," he said. "Bottom line is, we're not purchasing any more of this drug."

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