The Governor has signed several helpful executive orders in the last few days that are and will continue to be helpful in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. However, there’s an important gap in Arizona’s response that hasn’t been addressed yet.

We urge the Governor to prioritize conducting real-time scaled trials of potentially useful medications in Arizona. There are promising medications that may provide relief for patients and healthcare providers alike. A few are already approved by the FDA and have a good safety record. We urge the Governor to order state government and Arizona’s university system to immediately conduct scaled studies of these medications among COVID-19 patients in Arizona. 

This pandemic is progressing very quickly, and Arizona should be making it an immediate priority to quickly identify and deploy medications that can flatten the ICU bed curve here in Arizona.