An Ohio judge on Monday ordered a hospital to treat at COVID-19 patient with ivermectin — an unproven virus treatment and livestock dewormer — going against CDC and FDA recommendations.
Jeffrey Smith, 51, contracted the coronavirus in early July and has been in the intensive care unit on a ventilator at West Chester Hospital in Cincinnati for weeks, according to the Ohio Capital Journal. His wife, Julie Smith, filed a lawsuit against the hospital on Aug. 20 for demanding an emergency order for the use of the animal medication in a Butler County court in a last ditch effort to keep her husband alive as he suffers “on death’s doorstep.”
On Aug. 23, Butler County Judge Gregory Howard ordered that Dr. Fred Wagshul’s prescription of 30 milligrams of ivermectin to be daily for three weeks be filled, as requested by his wife and his legal guardian.
Ivermectin is approved for both humans and animals, but animal drugs are concentrated at levels that can be highly toxic for humans. The FDA has no data proving ivermectin’s use as a COVID treatment, and warned Americans they are not livestock amid a rise in poison-control calls from people suffering side effects.
Smith was admitted to the hospital on July 15, where he was moved to the ICU and treated with the hospital’s COVID-19 protocol, which included plasma, steroids and doses of Remdesivir, an antiviral medication, according to court documents.
On July 27, “after a period of relative stability, Jeffrey’s condition began to decline,” the lawsuit says, and Jeffrey became unstable as his oxygen levels dropped. His condition “continued to decline” and he was sedated, intubated and placed on a ventilator on Aug. 1.
Several serious subsequent infections left Smith with a roughly 30 percent chance of survival by Aug. 20, when he remained on the ventilator in a medically induced coma.
“At his point, the Defendant [hospital] has exhausted its course of treatment and COVID-19 protocol in treating Jeffrey, which is unacceptable to Ms. Smith,” the lawsuit states.
“Jeffrey has been on a ventilator for 19 days,” the complaint continues, “He is on death’s doorstep; there is no further COVID-19 treatment protocol for the Defendant to offer to Jeffrey; Ms. Smith does not want to see her husband die, and she is doing everything she can to give him a chance.”
The lawsuit did not mention whether Jeffrey Smith had been vaccinated or not, however of the 21,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations since Jan. 1, only 500 patients have been vaccinated, The Capital Journal reported.
The Smiths have been married for 24 years and have three children, according to documents. Jeffrey is an engineer with Verizon.
Julie Smith took it upon herself to get in touch with Dr. Wagshul, a leading proponent of ivermectin from Dayton and founder of Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, who wrote the prescription for the drug. However the hospital refused to administer it to her husband.
Wagshul told the Ohio Capital Journal that there was “irrefutable” evidence supporting the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19, and alleged a “conspiracy” to block its use by the CDC and FDA to continue its authorization of the available coronavirus vaccines
“If we were a country looking at another country allowing those (COVID-19) deaths daily … we would have been screaming, ‘Genocide!’ ” he told the paper.
Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, a physician and professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, called the FLCCCA “snake oil salesmen,” according to the Capital Journal. She cited several problems in the group’s published research.
“Based on evidence-based medicine and my read on this large number of small studies, I would find this very suspect, even the positive outcomes,” she told the Ohio Capital Journal.
An update on Smith’s new treatment has not been revealed by the hospital or Wagshul due to privacy laws, the paper reported.