Although major physicians associations oppose its use, a number of doctors nationwide believe the drug Ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID-19 and they prescribe it within the confines of their own offices. Doctors who work in hospitals, however, must abide by their hospital administration’s policies. This is causing friction among some hospitals, doctors, and patients.
One of the most recent cases involves Virginia critical care physician Paul Marik, who last month sued Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to immediately allow him to prescribe Ivermectin to his COVID-19 patients.
The hospital banned the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 patients after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against it, saying on their website it approved Ivermectin to treat “worms, head lice and skin conditions like rosacea,” but “data do not show Ivermectin is effective against COVID-19,” adding, “Clinical trials assessing Ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.”
Norfolk Circuit Court Judge David Lanetti, who is also a Regent University Law School professor, denied Dr. Marik’s request to immediately be given the right to prescribe Ivermectin to his hospital patients. However, Dr. Marik’s attorney, Fred Taylor, told The Virginian Pilot the case will still move forward to trial.
“While we are disappointed that the Court did not grant the temporary injunction, our case for the rights of doctors and their patients remains alive and well,” Taylor said. “We expect to ultimately succeed on the merits of our case at trial.”
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