By Chuck Muth
A widely circulated story has been going around the past few days claiming that Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, after banning doctors from prescribing the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients, began hoarding a version of the drug for Nevada prisoners.
The original report, published on April 2nd by blogger Rob Lauer, cites UN-NAMED “sources” at “Concordia Pharmaceuticals” — a multi-national corporation that hasn’t operated under that name since November of 2018 — as the basis for his story.
Folks, those of you who have been reading Muth’s Truths over the past couple of weeks know that NO ONE has been harder on the governor’s actions during this coronavirus crisis than yours truly.
But to take this totally unverified “click bait” story at face value is, at the very least, irresponsible. And not how “I” do business.
So I contacted Concordia Pharmaceuticals; now doing business as Advanz Pharma with its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom. I spoke directly with their Head of Communications, Meral Nugent, who strongly and categorially denied the report.
“Hi Chuck,” she wrote in a follow-up email, “as discussed, I can confirm that Advanz Pharma has never made any such statement now or at any other time in the past.”
Look, it’s neither fair nor right when those on the left make unfounded, undocumented and unsupported accusations against President Trump. And it’s equally wrong for those on the right to do so to Gov. Sisolak.
So unless Mr. Lauer is willing to NAME his alleged anonymous source at “Concordia Pharmaceuticals” so the accusation can be verified, please
stop spreading this “fake news” crap around.
Sisolak Shutdown Continues to Run Off the Rails On Monday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak addressed the horrendous situation of people who lost their jobs due to his statewide shutdown order being unable to file their unemployment claims.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday that Sisolak “frankly acknowledged the state was unprepared to deal with the sheer volume of
new cases being filed,” which now number over a quarter-million people!
“We do not have the structure in place,” the governor admitted, “to process this kind of volume.”
Wish he’d thought about that BEFORE he issued his draconian statewide shutdown order. Now, here’s the thing…
At a separate news conference last week, the governor was asked why he was allowing construction sites — some of which reportedly were ignoring social distancing guidelines — to remain open even as cases of coronavirus at sites were being reported.
He said he didn’t want to add more people to the unemployment rolls. OK, fine.
But if it’s OK for construction sites to remain open, then it’s time to allow other businesses to re-open and put people back to work instead of filing unemployment claims PROVIDING those business take the same appropriate health and safety precautions that so-called “essential” businesses (like building the Raiders’ stadium) are supposed to be taking. The rules need to apply to everybody…or nobody.
It’s well past time to loosen up the governor’s stranglehold on Nevada’s economy, especially in rural Nevada. At least let SOME people go back to work. That would go a long way toward fixing the problem with an overwhelmed unemployment filing system.
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Chuck Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.