Doctors Accuse FDA Of Unlawfully Blocking Their Ability To Treat COVID-19 Patients With Ivermectin

A group of doctors has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration claiming it unlawfully attempted to block the use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19.

It names the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the Food and Drug Administration, and FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf as defendants.

In the filing, plaintiffs Mary Talley Bowden, Paul E. Marik, and Robert L. Apter argued that by publicly ordering health professionals and patients to avoid ivermectin, the FDA both acted outside of its authority and inhibited the doctors’ ability to practice medicine.

Though the FDA has approved ivermectin to treat certain infections, the department has urged the public not to use the drug to treat COVID-19. Neither HHS nor the FDA  immediately responded requests for comment for this story.

“Attempts by the FDA to influence or intervene in the doctor-patient relationship amount to interference with the practice of medicine, the regulation of which is—and always has been—reserved to states,” the lawsuit said. “The FDA breached this critical boundary between federal and state authority by directing the public, including health professionals and patients, not to use ivermectin to treat COVID-19, even though the drug remains fully approved for human use.”


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