An Ohio woman asked a court to order a hospital to use ivermectin to treat her husband for COVID-19.
Butler County Judge Gregory Howard ruled in her favor, WXIX reported.
Ivermectin is a deworming drug and is not approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
An Ohio judge ordered a hospital to use the deworming drug ivermectin on a COVID-19 patient, several outlets reported.
Butler County Judge Gregory Howard ruled in favor of a woman who asked that her husband, who is on a ventilator with COVID-19 at West Chester Hospital – located north of Cincinnati – be treated with the unproven drug, the Ohio Capital Journal and The Enquirer reported.
Jeffrey Smith, 51, contracted COVID-19 in early July. His wife, Julie Smith, asked the court on August 20 for an emergency order to have the drug used on her husband.
On August 23, Howard ruled that Dr. Fred Wagshul should be allowed to give Smith 30 mg of the drug daily for three weeks, WXIX reported.
“From the countries that we’ve seen that have emptied their hospitals, this medicine is very, very effective,” Wagshul told WXIX.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, however, have warned that the drug is not proved to treat COVID-19 and can have serious side effects.
Wagshul and the FLCCC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The CDC is especially concerned as calls to poison control rise from people taking variations of the drug meant for horses and cows. Poison-control calls about the drug rose fivefold last month compared with the baseline number of calls before the pandemic, the CDC said.
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