Family of sheriff’s deputy being treated for COVID-19 sues Fort Worth hospital over ivermectin treatment – Community News

Family of sheriff’s deputy being treated for COVID-19 sues Fort Worth hospital over ivermectin treatment

The family of a man hospitalized for more than a month over the coronavirus is suing a Fort Worth hospital to allow an outside doctor to administer ivermectin, a drug used to deworm livestock , despite warnings from health authorities.

Jason Jones, a Tarrant County sheriff, was admitted to Texas Health Huguley Hospital Sept. 28 and then placed in a medically induced coma on a ventilator on Oct. 7, according to court documents.

His wife, Erin Jones, is suing the hospital over a Houston physician, Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, to allow ivermectin to be administered as a possible treatment. Bowden said she has successfully treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients with the drug, which has not been approved by health regulators for the treatment of coronavirus.

Erin Jones said her husband had requested ivermectin before being placed on a ventilator, but the hospital “refused” to administer the drug, the lawsuit said.

Huguley officials objected that prescribing ivermectin would be medically inappropriate. Ivermectin is not part of the hospital’s COVID protocol, and Jason Jones has never asked his doctor about the medication, according to an appeal filed by the hospital.

Ivermectin tablets, which are approved in some doses to treat parasitic worms in humans, are not authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, according to the FDA’s website.

The drug is used in larger doses to deworm livestock, such as horses and cows.

Health authorities urged people to stop using ivermectin over misconceptions about its effectiveness in fighting the online spread of COVID-19. Abuse of the drug can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure and allergic reactions.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services issued a similar warning in August, saying the drug cannot treat viral infections like COVID-19, and the Texas Poison Center Network said phone calls from people linked to ivermectin are booming. names.

Ivermectin is flying off the shelves in North Texas even as health authorities warn people against using the drug on livestock.

Bowden told KXAS-TV (NBC5) that she “didn’t start prescribing ivermectin blindly.” She “monitored the FDA study when ivermectin was originally approved for human use.”

Bowden said she wrote the prescription after Jason Jones failed to respond well to other medical treatments and the 48-year-old’s condition worsened, according to court documents. Bowden testified that he would have “a good chance of survival” if treated with the medication.

The doctor said: “I have enough clinical experience to safely say what I’m doing is what I should be doing. I think it’s just criminal what these other doctors don’t do, and it will go down in history.”

Bowden is a certified ear, nose, and throat physician who works in private practice and is licensed in the state of Texas, according to court documents.

An initial injunction issued by a court on Nov. 8 in the case allegedly granted Bowden temporary privileges at the hospital, allowing her to treat Jones.

The hospital has since appealed that ruling and the injunction is now before the Texas Second Court of Appeals, with arguments due to be reviewed by the courts as early as this week.

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