The Biden administration is facing a lawsuit from a group of doctors who argue that the administration unlawfully blocked the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.
The lawsuit names the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the Food and Drug Administration, and FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf as defendants.
In the filing, plaintiffs Mary Talley Bowden, Paul E. Marik, and Robert L. Apter argued that by publicly ordering health professionals and patients to avoid ivermectin, the FDA both acted outside of its authority and inhibited the doctors’ ability to practice medicine.
“Attempts by the FDA to influence or intervene in the doctor-patient relationship amount to interference with the practice of medicine, the regulation of which is—and always has been—reserved to states,” the lawsuit said.
“The FDA breached this critical boundary between federal and state authority by directing the public, including health professionals and patients, not to use ivermectin to treat COVID-19, even though the drug remains fully approved for human use.”
The filing emphasizes that the case is not about the efficacy of ivermectin in treating COVID-19: rather, it said, “it’s about who determines the appropriate treatment for each unique patient and whether the FDA can interfere with that process.”
“Since the pandemic began, I have had one mission – help my patients,” Bowden said following the filing. “I provided access to testing when testing was hard to find. I provided treatment when other doctors told my patients to stay home. I have kept over 3,900 patients out of the hospital, but it hasn’t been easy.”
Bowden was “derided by Houston Methodist Hospital and forced to resign her privileges there as a result” of her ivermectin recommendations for treating COVID-19, the lawsuit said, stating that Bowden treated over 3,900 patients for COVID-19 “with a success rate over 99.97%.”
“Sadly, fighting the system has been a much bigger challenge than fighting the disease,” she continued.
“Despite my excellent track record treating COVID patients, the FDA’s smear campaign against ivermectin continues to be a daily hurdle to overcome. I am fighting back – the public needs to understand what the FDA has done is illegal, and I hope this suit will prevent ‘them from continuing to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship.”
The lawsuit points to a massive number of FDA warnings against ivermectin, warnings which were effectively Biden administration propaganda against the effective treatment.
In August 2021, the FDA tweeted saying, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”
“This is not the first pandemic our country has faced, nor will it be the last,” the lawsuit said looking to the future. “And COVID-19 isn’t going away. If the FDA is not limited to its statutory lane, its unlawful actions will no doubt persist and repeat themselves.”
“Moreover,” the filing continues, “if the FDA is allowed to interfere with the practice of medicine now under cover of a pandemic, this interference will metastasize to other circumstances, destroying the carefully constructed statutory wall between federal and state regulatory powers, and between the FDA and the professional judgment of health professionals.”