A conservative physician group opposed to government interference in medicine is trying to use litigation to free up millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine in government stockpiles, joining other plaintiffs who hope to convince courts to reverse COVID-19 policies they oppose.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is suing the Food and Drug Administration, accusing it of interfering with access to hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old drug widely used to treat malaria and lupus. Doctors prescribed large quantities of HCQ early in the Covid-19 epidemic because it showed some effectiveness against SARS, an earlier communicable lung disease, and they had no other viable treatments.

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