Conspiracy theories flourish on chloroquine, which could be a cure for coronavirus. On Twitter, a message says that chloroquine, which was previously without a prescription, comes “oddly“to be prescribed only by prescription. This decision is in no way linked to the epidemic, confirmed the Directorate General of Health to Franceinfo.
Indeed, hydroxychloroquine has only been available on prescription since January 13, because it has been classified in the list of poisonous substances. Medication is regularly reassessed and authorities have decided to reassess it well before the epidemic. The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) was seized according to documents as of October 2019. So to say that the government has tried to complicate access to this substance is indeed conspiracy theory.