Democrat colleague credits Glenn with helping try to save her life

Posted Apr 14, 2020

DETROIT — Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit, left, who tested positive for coronavirus last month and said President Trump’s promotion of the drug hydroxychloroquine may have saved her life, Monday in a national radio broadcast described the role that her friend, state Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, right, played in helping her receive the drug, after which she quickly recovered.

Whitsett said on The Glenn Beck Show that despite her severe and quickly deteriorating condition, her doctor refused to prescribe the drug after receiving a threat letter from the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs warning doctors and pharmacists they might face “administrative action” if they prescribed or filled prescriptions of the drug for use in treating coronavirus patients.

“I contacted state Rep. Annette Glenn on the Republican side, and she contacted (my doctor) and told him he was misinterpreting the law,” Whitsett told Beck. Whitsett said she didn’t believe she’d be alive if the Whitmer administration’s threat memo hadn’t been retracted, but asked “how many other people didn’t have access to the medication and lost their lives that day?”.

As reported March 31st by the Midland Daily News, Glenn, who serves as vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, after hearing from local healthcare professionals upset by LARA’s threat memo, successfully pressured LARA officials in a conference call to issue a clarification recanting the threat and assuring doctors that they are free to prescribe the drug. She called Whitsett’s physician later that same day.

The Detroit Free Press reported April 6th that when “asked whether she thinks Trump may have saved her life, Whitsett said: ‘Yes, I do,’ and ‘I do thank him for that.’”

Glenn has since, at the request of fellow legislators and constituents, also contacted other physicians and pharmacist to ensure they understand LARA’s original threat memo has been reversed.

“It’s truly humbling to think the Lord may have used me in such a way that my actions may actually have helped save someone’s life,” Glenn said. “Nothing I may accomplish as a legislator could make me feel more blessed to have the privilege of being in a position to act on behalf of the people of Bay and Midland counties, and end up helping people all across Michigan in the process, including my dear friend Rep. Whitsett.”