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When state senators in South Carolina held two hearings on COVID treatment in September, they focused on the benefits of ivermectin – which many lawmakers praised along the way, sharing the experiences of their loved ones.
Despite the fact that federal regulators had issued stern warnings against the use of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19, the demands for access to the drug were high and insistent.
A member of the public, Presley Stats III, reminded the panel that his father, a prominent GOP leader in the state, had just died of COVID. A month ago. He thought ivermectin could help. But the hospital doctors won’t even talk about it.
“I did my best to save my father’s life without putting myself in jail,” he told the panel, as lawmakers offered condolences.
“What’s going on here?” He asked, raising his voice. “My dad died!”
Applications are being prepared from public officials. And now they are working, mostly to appease their conservative circles.
Ivermectin a Common medicine It has been used for decades to treat river blindness, itching and even head lice. Veterinarians also use it in various formulations and diets, to treat parasites such as animals.
After the outbreak of the epidemic, scientists launched something. Clinical trials To see if ivermectin can help as a treatment for COVID. Some of them are still going on. But mainstream medicine will not currently touch it as a code treatment, citing the poor quality of studies to date, and two notorious “pre-print” studies that were later removed from the Internet due to inaccurate and flawed data. Removed.
On August 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially announced Advice Physicians should not use ivermectin, stating that there is insufficient evidence of benefit, and that unauthorized use has already led to accidental poisoning. The CDC reiterated that vaccination is still the best way to prevent serious illness and death from the corona virus.
Anger and insult to trade on ivermectin
But many Americans believe that ivermectin can be beneficial, and some politicians seem to listen to them instead of the current scientific consensus.
“If we have drugs here that are working – or that seem to be working – I think it’s absolutely horrible that we’re not trying them,” said Republican Sen. Tom Corbyn. He said that when he questioned the doctors who also came to the State House. Retreat against Ivermectin Mania.
Doctors have challenged the implication that they are not following best practices: “Any means that any of us will do anything to stop the effective treatment of our patients is indeed an insult to our profession. “Dr. Anne Andrews, a professor, said. Medical University of South Carolina, which has been caring for COVID patients throughout the epidemic.
But instead of listening to the medical consensus, politicians in states like South Carolina are taking their cues from doctors. At their hearing, state senators slapped Dr. Pierre Corey’s call.
Last year, Corey started a non-profit organization. Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, Which promotes ivermectin. He says he is not making any money from prescribing the drug, although the non-profit organization is requesting donations and has not yet submitted the required financial documents to the IRS.
Corey acknowledged that his medical attention had taken him to “an island.”
Dr. Corey first testified about ivermectin before a U.S. Senate committee last December. That video went viral. And though it was. Removed from YouTube., His Senate testimony persuaded patients across the country to speak out and seek ivermectin when they were sick.
By the end of August, there were prescriptions for outpatients. Jump 24 times There were calls to the hotline overcoming the poison. Three times, Mostly related to people who take ivermectin formulation for cattle.
The pro-ivermectin doctor says he has been pushed to the medical margin.
Dr. Corey says he has effectively lost two jobs because of his views on ivermectin. At his current hospital in Wisconsin, where he runs the ICU two weeks a month, managers called him for a meeting in September, where he was told he could no longer prescribe ivermectin. He was giving it to “every patient with COVID.”
“After the release of Pharma Gadden, yes, they shut it down,” he told South Carolina lawmakers. “And I’ll tell you, many hospitals across the country closed it months ago.”
Developing the fight against ivermectin as a war against faceless federal agencies and large pharmaceutical corporations, it appealed to Americans who were already skeptical about the science behind infectious diseases and approved COVID vaccines.
In other parts of the world, success stories with COVID treatment have been suppressed in an effort to promote the vaccine, Corey suggested.
However, in an interview with NPR, Corey said he regrets the flashpoint that helped set the fire.
“I feel very bad for the patients, and I feel very bad for the doctors,” he told NPR. “Both they – the patient and the doctor – are trapped.”
Patients are still demanding treatment, but even doctors who sympathize with their wishes are being told by their health system not to try it.
Ivermectin interventions become conservative railings.
Conservatives in the elected office are now realizing political compensation if they step in to help patients access drugs. State legislatures, including in Tennessee and Alaska, are discussing various ways to increase access to ayurveda – with such suggestions. Save the doctors From the effects of prescribing it, or Forcing the pharmacist To fill out objectionable prescriptions.
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The Montana State News Bureau reports that the state’s Republican Attorney General A state contingent was dispatched. At a hospital in Helena where a politically connected patient was dying of COVID. Her family was asking for ivermectin.
In a statement, St. Peter’s Hospital Doctors and nurses were “harassed and threatened by three government officials,” he said.
The statement added: “These personnel have no medical training or experience, yet they insisted that our providers provide treatments for Covid 19 that are authorized, medically approved, or FDA. And not under the guidelines set by the CDC. “
On October 14, the Republican Attorney General in Nebraska issued a statement addressing the dispute. 50 page legal opinion It has been argued that doctors considering the “off-label” use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for COVID are still operating within the parameters of their state medical license, unless they obtain appropriate consent. Take it.
Some patients have successfully sued for ivermectin. There was a patient in Illinois. Refused. But other hospitals, Including one in Ohio, Have been forced to give medicine against the objections of their doctors.
Even when they gain strong political support, some ivermectin fans say they are now avoiding the healthcare system – because they have lost faith in it.
Lisa Berry of Richmond, Virginia, had a friend who died of COVID earlier this year. Despite the requests of Berry and the patient’s daughter, the doctors refused to use ivermectin.
They know better now, she says.
“My first attempt was to keep him out of the hospital,” Barry said. “Because right now when you go to the hospital, they only give you what is in the CDC protocol.”
Now, Berry and her husband have bought their own supply of ivermectin, which they keep at home.
The story is partnered with NPR, Kaiser Health News and Nashville Public Radio.