A Kentucky judge refused to force doctors to administer horse dewormer medication after the wife of a Covid patient sued the hospital treating him.
Angela Underwood’s husband was taken to an intensive care unit earlier this month after falling seriously ill with Covid. Ms Underwood, a registered nurse, lobbied the Louisville hospital to treat him with ivermectin, the horse dewormer drug that has been falsely claimed to be effective against Covid in recent months.
Despite the “treatment” promoted by some prominent media and political figures, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health have all issued warnings against ivermectin, claiming that it can “cause serious damage”.
Ms Underwood sued Norton Brownsboro Hospital after allegedly refusing to give the drug to her husband, Lonnie Underwood, without a court order and without the supervision of a licensed physician.
“As a registered nurse, I demand that my husband receive ivermectin, whether it is from a Norton doctor or another health care provider of my choosing, including myself if necessary,” reads one in the lawsuit filed by Ms Underwood, who asked the court to designate its use as “medically indicated,” reports The Washington Post.
Jefferson Circuit Judge Charles Cunningham on Wednesday dismissed his request for an emergency order in a ruling that criticized those who have made ivermectin a viable option for the treatment of Covid. He said the court “cannot require a hospital to literally take orders from someone who does not routinely issue such orders,” adding that the Kentucky Supreme Court “does not allow the admission of scientific evidence only on the basis of sufficient facts or data ”.
“Unfortunately, the Internet does not have such a rule. It is riddled with ramblings from people throwing ill-conceived conclusions, even outright lies, ”Justice Cunningham wrote in a damning court order. He continued: “If the complainant wants to ask the court to impose its definition of ‘medically indicated’ rather than that of the hospital, she must present the sworn testimony of strong witnesses, espousing solid opinions, based on solid data. “
New cases of Covid in Kentucky have increased slightly over the past week, and as of Wednesday nearly 2,600 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus, including 644 in intensive care beds.
Ms Underwood filed a lawsuit Sept. 9 in Jefferson County Circuit Court and then amended her complaint to require her husband to be treated with “intravenous vitamin C” as well as ivermectin.
“I am his health care advocate,” read his complaint. “Studies and research show the drug’s effectiveness when given to trial patients.”
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