ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Doctors in Alaska plan to ask the State Medical Board to investigate concerns about the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments by other doctors.
Merijeanne Moore, a psychiatrist in private practice, said she drafted the letter out of concern over a COVID-19 treatment event with prominent vaccine skeptics in Anchorage last month, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Moore said Saturday that nearly 100 doctors had signed the letter and more before she planned to submit the letter Tuesday.
“We are writing out of concern that medical misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment is being spread in Alaska, including by doctors,” the letter reads.
The letter added, “We hope you will seriously investigate this as the dissemination of misinformation has been identified as a public health threat by the U.S. Surgeon General, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer and three medical specialties.”
An “Alaska Early Treatment Medical Summit” last month featured doctors, mostly from other states, who have been criticized within the medical community for questioning the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and for treatments involving drugs such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it has not approved or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19. The agency also said last year that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that two doctors in Anchorage spoke at the event. The letter distributed by Moore called local doctors’ involvement in the event a “serious concern.”
Moore said she believed “it is the job of the medical board to investigate the claims made at the summit”.
The state medical board will meet next Friday.
There have been calls nationwide for state councils to discipline medical professionals who spread misinformation or misinformation during the pandemic.