Kentucky hospital does not have to give patient ivermectin, judge judges
A Kentucky hospital is not required to administer ivermectin to a patient despite a lawsuit by the patient’s wife demanding that the hospital do so, a judge ruled on Sept. 15, according to The Washington Post.
Angela Underwood sued Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville on September 9 after the hospital allegedly refused to give the pest control drug to her husband, Lonnie Underwood. Mr Underwood has been in the hospital’s intensive care unit with COVID-19 since September 6, the To post reported.
“As a registered nurse, I demand that my husband receive ivermectin, whether it be from a Norton doctor or other health care provider of my choice, including myself if necessary,” wrote Ms Underwood in the lawsuit, asking the court to designate ivermectin as “medically indicated,” according to the To post.
Jefferson Circuit Judge Charles Cunninham wrote in his Sept. 15 decision: “If the complainant wants to ask the court to impose her definition of ‘medical indication’ rather than that of the hospital, she must present the sworn testimony from strong witnesses, espousing solid opinions, based on solid data. “
He said the court “cannot require a hospital to literally take orders from someone who does not routinely issue such orders.”
Neither Ms Underwood nor her lawyer immediately responded to the Posts requests for comments.
Maggie Roetker, spokesperson for the hospital, told the To post that the hospital referred questions about the case to documents filed in court “out of respect for the family.”
In a similar case, an Ohio judge ruled on September 6 that a state hospital did not need to use ivermectin to treat COVID-19, overturning an earlier order from another judge requiring the hospital to administer the drug.
Ivermectin, which is most often used to treat parasitic worms in animals, has gained popularity as a COVID-19 treatment despite the FDA and CDC warning against its use. As of mid-August, prescriptions for ivermectin have climbed to more than 88,000 per week, from an average of 3,600 per week before the pandemic, according to CDC data.
Three leading medical groups – the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – on September 1 expressed their opposition to the ordering, prescribing and distribution of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.
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