A judge on Monday, Sept. 6, issued an order that countered another judge’s ruling that allows West Chester Hospital to administer parasite medication ivermectin as a COVID-19 therapy.
In an 11-page decision, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster Jr. said that “public policy should not and does not support allowing a physician to try ‘any’ type of treatment on human beings.”
The ruling was a response to Ms. Julie Smith’s complaint, who filed a lawsuit on her husband’s behalf who was struggling with infection with COVID-19, requiring legal approval for him to be prescribed the drug.
Ms. Smith said she had signed a full release that would exempt the West Chester Hospital, where her husband was being treated, from any responsibility associated with the ivermectin administration. A Butler County judge had accepted her plea.
According to FOX19, the hospital had requested to be able to stop the patient from being administered with ivermectin if a “potentially life-threatening side effect does develop.”
Judge Oster recognized that multiple federal health agencies had “issued statements or advisories against the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19,” in his ruling.
The widely rumored COVID-19 therapy ivermectin had not been approved by either the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This latest ruling came after more reports of ivermectin overdoses continue to emerge as people sought to purchase the medicine allegedly for use against COVID-19.
By far, the most constantly repeated alert from the FDA about the anti-parasite medicine was mainly about people mistaking between ivermectin for humans and for animals.
“Ivermectin products for animals are different from Ivermectin products for people,” the FDA said, noting that those made for animals “are often highly concentrated” which could be toxic to human use.
The FDA has approved another version of the medicine in human-appropriate levels for the treatment of head lice and various skin infections.
In a statement to FOX19, Jonathan Davidson, the attorney representing the Smith family said Mr. Smith’s condition had improved.
“We are certainly disappointed with the court’s decision today. I know this was a decision that Judge Oster did not take lightly,” the lawyer said. “Fortunately, Mr. Smith was able to receive 14 days of treatment of ivermectin, during which time his condition did improve.”
“While he has likely received his last dose at UC West Chester Hospital, we can only hope his condition continues to trend positively,” Davidson added.
The FDA says it is conducting clinical trials on ivermectin tablets as therapy and also as prevention for COVID-19.