Judge Orders Hospital To Treat Patient With Dewormer

A judge in Ohio has ordered a hospital to treat a patient battling COVID-19 with Ivermectin, an animal dewormer not approved for treating the virus, after the patient’s wife filed a lawsuit.

From the Ohio Capitol Journal:

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard ordered West Chester Hospital, part of the University of Cincinnati network, to treat Jeffrey Smith, 51, with Ivermectin.

The order, filed Aug. 23, compels the hospital to provide Smith with 30mg of Ivermectin daily for three weeks.

Julie Smith filed the lawsuit on behalf of her husband of 24 years. He tested positive for COVID-19 July 9, was hospitalized and admitted to the ICU July 15, and was sedated and intubated and placed on a ventilator Aug. 1.

He later developed a secondary infection he’s still wrestling with as of Aug. 23, court records say.