Judge orders hospital to give Ivermectin to COVID patient; Rand Paul says ‘hatred for Trump’ blocking research

An Ohio judge has ordered a COVID patient to be treated with a drug called Ivermectin which has been reportedly effective in treating the virus though Senator Rand Paul claims research of it has been blocked over  “hatred for Trump.”

Butler County Judge Gregory Howard made his determination on Monday and ordered a hospital to treat Jeffrey Smith, 51, with Ivermectin. He contracted the virus in early July and has since been in intensive care on a ventilator at West Chester Hospital in Cincinnati, according to WCPO-TV.

The drug is a livestock de-wormer and both the CDC and FDA have warned against it. Ivermectin is sometimes used to treat parasitic worm infections in humans and livestock.

It has skyrocketed in popularity among Americans and Sen. Rand Paul is contending it is not being researched because of disdain for former President Donald Trump. “The hatred for Trump deranged these people so much, that they’re unwilling to objectively study it,” Paul stated on Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

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“So someone like me that’s in the middle on it, I can’t tell you because they will not study Ivermectin,” Paul asserted at the Cold Spring City Council chambers on August 27. “They will not study hydroxychloroquine without the taint of their hatred for Donald Trump.”

Paul says that he doesn’t know if Ivermectin works, but he is keeping “an open mind.”

Julie Smith, the patient’s wife, filed a lawsuit against the hospital on Aug. 20. She demanded that an emergency order be granted for the use of Ivermectin as a final attempt to save her husband who is “on death’s doorstep.”

On Aug. 23, the judge ordered the hospital to administer Dr. Fred Wagshul’s prescription of 30 milligrams of Ivermectin to Smith daily for three weeks as requested by his wife and his legal guardian.

Smith has been previously treated with the hospital’s COVID-19 protocol that included plasma, steroids, and doses of Remdesivir, which is an antiviral medication.

On July 27, “after a period of relative stability, Jeffrey’s condition began to decline,” the lawsuit states. His condition “continued to decline” and he was sedated, intubated, and placed on a ventilator on Aug. 1.

He suffered several serious subsequent infections and as of Aug. 20, it was noted he had a roughly 30 percent chance of survival. Smith was in a medically induced coma following his battle with infections.

“At this 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 contends.

“Jeffrey has been on a ventilator for 19 days,” the complaint noted. “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.”

There is no information on whether Smith was vaccinated or not against the virus before contracting it.

His wife initiated contact with Dr. Wagshul, who is a leading proponent of Ivermectin and the founder of Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance. He wrote the prescription for the drug. However, the hospital originally refused to administer it to Smith.

Wagshul told the Ohio Capital Journal that there was “irrefutable” evidence supporting the efficacy of Ivermectin against COVID-19. He asserted there was a “conspiracy” to block its use by the CDC and FDA.

The FDA has taken a strong stance against Ivermectin.

“If we were a country looking at another country allowing those (COVID-19) deaths daily … we would have been screaming, ‘Genocide!’” Wagshul remarked.

The CDC shows that from early July until the week of August 13, pharmacies filled more than 88,000 prescriptions for Ivermectin.

The judge’s decision was lauded on social media:

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