A judge from Ohio has ruled that a hospital may treat a COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, a deworming drug. A woman whose husband has been on a ventilator with COVID-19, infected since July, won a court order forcing the hospital to use an antiparasitic treatment in an effort to help save her husband’s life. COVID-19 caused Julie Smith’s husband to be admitted to the ICU and sedated and intubated. The battle was over a drug that was not FDA-approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings that there is insufficient evidence to claim the drug will treat COVID-19. The FDA announced that Ivermectin is not effective in treating COVID-19, a deadly disease. The agency has reported an increase in adverse events of serious harm to some patients because of their use of Ivermectin as a treatment for the condition. The drug was first developed to deworm livestock before doctors because they were able to show its effectiveness in humans.
Some health experts support the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19. A non-profit named Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance was created in order to promote this peculiar COVID-19 treatment. “From the countries that we’ve seen that have emptied their hospitals. This medicine is very, very effective,” declared one of the co-founders, pulmonologist Dr. Wagshul.
“Based on evidence-based medicine and my read on this large number of small studies, I would find this very suspect, even the positive outcomes,” declared Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, who is a physician and professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. According to her, she believes the research created by the FLCCCA has many issues