HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams, Cumberland, & York Counties officially introduced legislation to ensure patients can easily access COVID-19 early treatment drugs such as fluvoxamine, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin with a prescription from a provider. Mastriano says he’s heard from many constituents who have been encountering pharmacies that refuse to dispense the drugs even with a valid prescription from a doctor. Senate Bill 1091 will allow physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense drugs already approved by the FDA for off-label use in the treatment or prevention of COVID, without penalty from licensing boards. The bill will also clarify that a pharmacy may not decline to fill a prescription of a COVID early treatment drug based solely on their opinion of the drug. The legislation closely mirrors House Bill 1741 which was introduced by York County Rep. Dawn Keefer in the PA House. Senate Bill 1091 has been referred to the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee for consideration.