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Oklahoma AG secures $2.6M refund for hydroxychloroquine purchase

The drug has shown to have little or no effect on severe cases of COVID-19.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's attorney general has secured a $2.6 million refund for the purchase of a malaria drug once touted by President Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19.  

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the agreement on Friday with California-based FFF Enterprises. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health purchased 1.2 million hydroxychloroquine pills in April 2020, at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The drug has since been shown to have little or no effect on severe cases of COVID-19. 

 A former state health official chalked up Oklahoma's purchase to something that happens in “the fog of war."

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