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Utah medical group retracts on malaria drugs for coronavirus

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A Utah medical association has rescinded a recommendation it made last week on behalf of state health officials for doctors to treat coronavirus patients using malaria drugs. (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah medical association has rescinded a recommendation it made last week on behalf of state health officials for doctors to treat coronavirus patients using malaria drugs.

The about-face by the Utah Medical Association came after a group of infectious disease doctors pushed back over the weekend against the Friday guidance.

Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko said the state didn't intend to recommend use of the drugs, but rather dosage amounts if a medical provider and patient decides to use them.

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