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Lupus sufferers pleaded for hydroxychloroquine before Clive Palmer’s doses were destroyed

Drug’s potential as Covid treatment, since dispelled, affected availability for people with proven medical need

Lupus sufferers pleaded for more supplies of hydroxychloroquine two months before the federal government told billionaire Clive Palmer it didn’t want more of the 33m doses he wanted to donate as a potential Covid-19 treatment.

One tonne of Palmer’s hydroxychloroquine – equivalent to 5m doses – was destroyed after it was left unclaimed in Melbourne due to a lengthy standoff with the commonwealth, Guardian Australia revealed on Wednesday.

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