Board holds off on HIV protocol

Specialist’s input seen as necessary

This colorized electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows a human T cell (indicated in blue) under attack by HIV (in yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. (Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer, Austin Athman/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH via AP)
This colorized electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows a human T cell (indicated in blue) under attack by HIV (in yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. (Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer, Austin Athman/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH via AP)

The Arkansas Medical Board on Thursday held off on approving a statewide protocol that would allow pharmacists to dispense pre- and postexposure prophylaxis medications for HIV, with board members saying they wanted to get a specialist's opinion first.

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