Butler County Judge Denies Ivermectin Treatment Order for COVID Patient

OHA statement in response to Butler County judge's Sept. 6 ruling denying ivermectin treatment order for COVID patient:

"The Ohio Hospital Association joins numerous other health care organizations in calling for an end to the prescribing, dispensing, and use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have all warned against the use of ivermectin, which has not been approved to treat COVID-19.  Numerous professional organizations also strongly oppose the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19, including the American Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  OHA urges the public to follow the science, and there is no valid science to date to support the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Even Merck, the drug’s manufacturer, has stated that there is insufficient data to support ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.
 
In addition, the legal action on Aug. 23 by Butler County Common Pleas Court judge ordering a Ohio hospital to administer ivermectin to a patient, despite the drug not being approved for such use is very concerning. OHA believes it is an extraordinarily dangerous precedent for judges to practice medicine and order unproven medical treatments over the objections of highly-trained clinicians and against all standards established by the medical community.
 
OHA supports Judge Oster’s decision (Sept. 6) as it is rooted in the need for science to inform medical decisions, and for physicians, not judges, to make those decisions. The facts of this case are heartbreaking, and all parties want the patient to improve, but Judge Oster properly weighed the evidence and reached an objective legal decision despite the emotion the case evokes.”