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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has overwhelmed our lives. We all have been affected by the #StayHome orders to help each other and do our part to help our communities throughout these challenging times.

We at the Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter understand and care about all who are affected by lupus and one of the most vulnerable populations at risk of contracting COVID-19. This is the reason we must continue serving those who need us most.


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06/25/2020 – Texas Is Seeing High Increase in COVID-19 Cases - Texas has been hit hard by COVID-19, especially Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. Bexar, Tarrant, and Dallas county have been ordered to wear cloth masks when going out to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The best way we can help prevent the spread is to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, don’t go out if unnecessary, and stay home if you are sick. According to the CDC, the best way to avoid being exposed to the virus is to:

  • Wear a cloth mask and wash it daily
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • Cough and sneeze into your shoulder or a tissue and wash hands immediately
  • Wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • That is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub on all surfaces of your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home

When wearing your cloth mask, make sure it covers your nose and mouth and secured tightly around your cheeks and below your chin.

May 15, 2020 - The CDC has released advice for people who are at higher risk of serious illness from the coronavirus because they have compromised immune systems. Some people with lupus may have compromised immune systems because of the medications they take to control their disease. Read the CDC guidance here.

April 27, 2020 - The CDC has updated its information on COVID-19 symptoms to include chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell.

April 8, 2020 - The Lupus Foundation of America has been working to address the shortage of hydroxychloroquine for lupus patients. In addition to advocating for people with lupus to state and federal governmentsstate boards of pharmacy, and drug manufacturers, we have been working to identify pharmacies that have supplies of hydroxychloroquine that can be accessed by people with lupus.CONTINUE READING

April 8, 2020 - We are proud to support the Global Rheumatology Alliance’s COVID-19 Registry. This important international effort will collect de-identified information from clinicians and people with rheumatic diseases, such as lupus. Currently, little is known about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it impacts people with rheumatic diseases. The information collected in the registry will help evaluate the risk of COVID-19 among people with rheumatologic disease and provide information that will help improve the way doctors manage and treat rheumatic patients during this time. CONTINUE READING

April 4, 2020 - There is no evidence that taking hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is effective in preventing a person from contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). People with lupus should follow the guidance of their doctor and the safety guidelines being issued by the CDC.CONTINUE READING

April 1, 2020 - New resource: Tips on what to do if you have a prescription for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine and are experiencing difficulties getting your prescription filled.. 

March 30, 2020 - FDA issues emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine amid coronavirus pandemic. READ STATEMENT

March 23, 2020 - the Lupus Foundation of America issued a joint statement with the American College of Rheumatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Arthritis Foundation to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the leadership of the U.S. Congress and the nation’s governors urging them to take action and ensure people with lupus have access to hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and chloroquine. READ STATEMENT

March 23, 2020 - Lupus Foundation of America Urges Manufacturers of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine to Ensure Supply to Treat Lupus. CONTINUE READING

March 17, 2020 - The CDC has recommended that people with serious underlying health conditions stay home and avoid other people as much as possible through March 30, 2020. Lupus is a serious underlying health condition that could lead to a compromised immune system. 

Please see Appendix A (on page 10) in this document from the CDC for a more detailed explanation of underlying health conditions that may increase the risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

March 11, 2020 - Effective today, the Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter, as a responsible health agency caring for those affected by lupus, we have concluded that it's our responsibility to postpone all in-person programs and events for the next two months. This includes support groups, Walk to End Lupus Now™ in San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Rally for Lupus Annual Conference.CONTINUE READING

Online Pharmacies Currently with Hydroxychloroquine and/or Plaquenil

These pharmacies currently have Hydroxychloroquine and/or Plaquenil. 

  • HoneyBeeHealth.com
    • Hydroxychloroquine prices start at $40 for 30 pills (200mg)
    • Coupon code Lupus20 for 20% off first order
    • Only filling 30-day supply.
    • They don't take insurance
  • TIN RX
    • Has Plaquenil and hydroxychloroquine with a verifies lupus diagnosis
    • Will fill up to a 90- day supply
    • shipping is free
  • Healthwarehouse.com
    • Has hydroxychloroquine
    • Prices start a $42 for 30 pills (200 mg)
    • They will fill up to a 90- day supply