A judge in Ohio has ordered a hospital to treat a coronavirus patient with ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug widely used by right-wingers for the treatment and prevention of covid-19. Although studied for this purpose, there is currently no good data to support ivermectin as a covid-19 treatment. In recent weeks, the U.S. FDA and CDC have warned people trying to self-medicate not to take ivermectin intended for animals after multiple doses.
According to The Cincinnati newspaper The Enquirer, court documents show that Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Howard decided on Aug. 23 to treat Jeverrey Smith, 51, of West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati, with ivermectin. The hospital initially refused to follow a prescription written by Dr. Fred Wagshul there is no reliable scientific evidence Covid-19 is available to show that it is effective in treatment.
The Food and drug administration, Disease Control and Prevention Centersand National Institutes of Health all called on the public not to treat themselves with ivermectin and not necessarily to treat veterinary ivermectin. (The FDA went so far as to openly tweet, “You’re not a horse. You’re not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop.”) death Although the drug is generally safe when prescribed in the required doses under the supervision of a physician, attempts to self-medicate have resulted in overdoses. According to the FDA.
The drug has recently become an obsession among anti-vaxxers, who mistakenly believe that it is a miracle cure for coronavirus and that drug companies are squeezing this information to protect the benefits of the vaccine. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that there are both available mRNA vaccines for the new coronavirus safe and highly effective and this risk of any side effects Long-term or life-threatening complications are more severe than Covid-19.
Right-wing scholars and politicians have supported the use of ivermectin, and an extensive NBC News study Published on August 26 The discovery was put forward by American Frontline Doctors, a group of conspiracy theorists behind a viral PR claiming that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a miracle cure. The members of the group have dubious credentials, including Stella Immanuel, a pediatrician from Texas. previously claimed that gynecological problems stemmed from imaginary sex with demons, and that the government was partly run by creepy foreigners. After major social media networks tore down a video of a press conference held by American Frontline Doctors in DC last year, the group’s motives were defended by conservatives and opponents who claimed they were victims of liberal censorship. NBC News found that the group partnered with a website called SpeakWithAnMD.com to introduce quick and easy ivermectin recipes.
As the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus proliferates in the United States, groups dedicated to ivermectin have also become a virus on Facebook, where it takes pointless effort to find it. group with them dedicated to medicine. Users in these groups often discuss ways to get it without a prescription from agricultural stores and other retailers. Others accidentally confirmed ivermectin, and it was an excellent treatment for “rope worms” that didn’t actually exist. lice of the intestinal lining extinguishes due to the absorption of bleach or other abrasive chemicals.
The Enquirer reported that Dayton Washgul, a pulmonologist in the Ohio area, was listed as the founder of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCA), an organization that pushes Ivermectin covid-19 and claims both preventively and therapeutically. research showing that it is ineffective is misinformation. Smith’s lawyer, Ralph Lorigo, is chairman of the New York Erie County Conservative Party and has made similar allegations in the past. Illinois and New York.
The Enquirer wrote that Smith’s wife, Judy Smith, filed a lawsuit in August to force the hospital to issue a prescription after a positive July 9, and was admitted to the intensive care unit on July 15. antiviral drug remdesivir (the only drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of the virus limited efficiency this time) as well as plasma and steroids. According to the newspaper, his health began to deteriorate on July 27, and by August 1, hospital staff calmed him down and put him on a ventilator. Court records obtained by Enquirer show that he was in a coma for medical reasons on August 20 and was still struggling with a secondary infection that occurred during treatment until August 23.
Inside dava, Judy Smith said her husband was “at the door of death; There are no other options, “he said, and doctors put his chances of survival below 30 percent. According to the Ohio Department of Health’s Enquirer, only 500 of the 21,000 Ohioans hospitalized for the virus since early 2021 have been vaccinated. -does not disclose.
Howard’s decision will force the hospital to give Smith 30 milligrams of ivermectin daily for three weeks. Both UC Health and the Washgul office referred to federal laws on the confidentiality of medical records when requesting information about Enquirer’s condition.
For her part, Washgul told the Inquirer that the data was “irrefutable,” accusing the CDC and FDA of “conspiracy” to prevent the use of the drug, and said the investigation was “censored.” He said the US government had issued warnings about ivermectin is equivalent to “genocide.”
Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, a doctor at the University of Ohio College of Osteopathic Medicine, told the Inquirer that the Washgul group consists of “snake oil vendors.” He added that the FLCCA website is full of distorted analysis of research data and refers to studies with insufficient size control groups or major research flaws, such as ignoring variables such as vaccination and masking.
This is not the final decision regarding coronavirus protocols. A federal appeals court in early August in force Indiana University, seeing that the university is acting reasonably “for the sake of public health and safety for campus communities,” requires all staff and students to be vaccinated against coronavirus.