Families desperate to try and save their loved ones who are dying from COVID-19 have begun suing local hospitals that refuse to administer Ivermectin, a controversial drug not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat COVID-19.
A judge ordered Rochester General Hospital on Friday to give a COVID-19 patient the experimental treatment as a last-ditch effort to save his life. It comes after the man’s daughter filed a lawsuit against the hospital to use the drug in an attempt to save her father.
Jeremy L. Carter, 75, was fully vaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 28. Less than a week later, he was admitted to Rochester General Hospital where doctors started COVID-19 treatment which included Remdesivir and Dexamethasone.
Unfortunately, the treatments did not work and his health continued to deteriorate.
On Sept. 20, after exhausting all COVID-19 treatments, Carter was transferred to ICU and placed on a ventilator. Carter’s daughter, Jill Alvarado started researching other alternative treatments. She found the drug Ivermectin, which is typically used to treat certain infections caused by parasitic worms, head lice, and skin conditions.
Alvarado spoke with Carter’s Primary Care provider who wrote him a prescription for Ivermectin but the hospital refused to administer it. Ivermectin has not been approved by the FDA to treat or prevent COVID-19 in humans or animals, however it has been given to some COVID-19 patients.
Recently, Ivermectin was prescribed to an 80-year-old woman in Buffalo who was in a similar situation. Within 48 hours after the first dose, she was transferred out of ICU and taken off a ventilator.
“Every case I have is a person in a hospital dying… what is the harm if a hospital is done with its protocol?” questioned Ralph Lorigo, the Western New York Attorney behind dozens of lawsuits that have been filed against health systems across the country over the last few months.
Carter’s suit is the third that Lorigo has filed against Rochester Regional Health to get them to administer Ivermectin.
“Each of those times we were successful and those people went home. In this situation we sued, we got a court order and the hospital refused to administer the Ivermectin,” Lorigo told News10NBC.
Rochester Regional Health filed an appeal on Saturday, a hearing was scheduled for Monday morning but Jeremy Carter died on Sunday.
Rochester Regional Health denied News10NBC’s requests for an interview/comment on these lawsuits.
Dr. Thomas Russo is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.
“Some studies have been done and to date, none of those studies have shown that Ivermectin benefits patients with COVID,” he told News10NBC, “there are still some ongoing studies but at this time we do not recommend it to use, it’s not recommended by the FDA, it’s not recommended by the infectious disease side of America.”
According to the FDA, clinical trials assessing Ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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