Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has been hit with a federal lawsuit for unlawfully blocking the use of the antiviral drug ivermectin as a Covid treatment.
A group of doctors is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), accusing the federal agencies of “lying to the public” about ivermectin.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Southern District of Texas in Galveston, The Texan reported.
The plaintiffs, Drs. Mary Talley Bowden, Paul E. Marik, and Robert L. Apter, argue that the FDA has overstepped its authority by unjustifiably interfering with their medical practice.
The doctors are contesting the FDA’s portrayal of ivermectin as “dangerous” for human consumption.
They note that the FDA has approved ivermectin for human use since 1996 for a variety of diseases.
However, they allege that with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA began releasing documents and social media posts discouraging the use of the anti-viral drug for COVID-19 treatment.
“We’re suing the FDA for lying to the public about ivermectin,” said Dr. Bowden.
Claims were made that the initial article misrepresented the law by stating the FDA’s official stance against ivermectin use without mentioning that doctors were allowed to administer the medicine.
U.S. law is cited in the complaint, including the provision that the FDA “may not interfere with the authority of a health care provider to prescribe or administer any legally marked device to a patient for any condition or disease within a legitimate health care practitioner-patient relationship.”
November 2022 – FDA says telling people not to take ivermectin was just a recommendation
August 2021 – FDA account: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it.” pic.twitter.com/nsR3HEJHHx
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 25, 2022
During a hearing last year, the agency’s lawyers argued that the FDA was only giving advice and it was not mandatory when it told people to “stop” taking Ivermectin for COVID-19.
“The cited statements were not directives,” said Isaac Belfer, one of the lawyers.
“They were not mandatory.
“They were recommendations.
“They said what parties should do,” he continued.
“They said, for example, why you should not take ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
“They did not say you may not do it, you must not do it.
“They did not say it’s prohibited or it’s unlawful.
“They also did not say that doctors may not prescribe ivermectin.”
“They use informal language, that is true…
“It’s conversational but not mandatory.”
However, the statement from the lawyer contradicted to FDA’s social media post.
The FDA shared an article about why the public “should not use ivermectin” because it “can be dangerous and even lethal” with a caption that read:
“Hold your horses, y’all.
“Ivermectin may be trending, but it still isn’t authorized or approved to treat COVID-19.”
Hold your horses, y'all. Ivermectin may be trending, but it still isn't authorized or approved to treat COVID-19. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) April 26, 2022
In 2021, Houston Methodist health officials began investigating Dr. Mary Talley Bowden.
Bowden was then suspended for spreading “dangerous misinformation” about Covid and promoting the efficacy of ivermectin.
The move prompted the physician to resign from the hospital, according to the Gateway Pundit.
The hospital excoriated Bowden for “using her social media accounts to express her personal opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments,” NBC News reports.
The suspension barred the physician from admitting or treating patients at the hospital.
Bowden repeatedly warned that it is “wrong” to mandate the experimental mRNA vaccines and continuously touted Ivermectin as a safe and effective treatment amid threats from public health officials against prescribing the drug.
In her resignation letter, Bowden doubled down on the efficacy of ivermectin.
The Nobel prize-winning, anti-parasitic drug, which has been deployed against some of the world’s most devastating tropical diseases, is far safer than the potentially lethal, experimental Covid vaccines, the Texas doctor argued.
“I have worked hard to provide early treatment for victims of COVID-19,” she wrote.
“My efforts have been successful.
“I have treated more than 200 COVID-19 patients, including many with co-morbidities, and none of these patients have required hospitalization.
“This is a testament to the success of my treatment methods,” she noted.
“Throughout this pandemic, there has been no FDA-approved treatment for COVID.
“Therefore I have done my best to care for patients and save lives in the absence of a clear scientific consensus.”
“Early treatment must still be part of any strategy for patient care,” she explained.
“That is why physicians and hospitals should pay more attention to medications such as Ivermectin, which significant research and my clinical experience indicate is effective.
“I have decided to part ways with Houston Methodist because of the accusation that I have been spreading ‘dangerous information.’
“This is false and defamatory,” she continued.
“I do not spread misinformation, and my opinions are supported by science.
“There is substantial evidence for the efficacy of ivermectin in treating COVID-19, and no evidence for serious or fatal side effects associated with the doses used to treat COVID-19.”