A Florida teacher hospitalized with COVID-19 has died after her husband unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to force doctors to treat her with ivermectin, a drug popular among some skeptics of accepted coronavirus treatments despite a lack to studies proving its effectiveness.
Tamara Drock died Friday, 12 weeks after being admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Ryan Drock told the Palm Beach Post.
Last month, he sued the hospital in an attempt to force doctors to administer ivermectin, a drug used to treat conditions caused by parasitic worms. The US Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug to treat COVID-19 and says it has not been shown to be effective in preclinical studies.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge James Nutt dismissed Drock’s lawsuit last month, saying allowing judges to challenge doctors’ decisions could set a dangerous precedent.
He urged the Drocks and the hospital to come to an agreement on their own. A deal fell apart after a doctor agreed to administer ivermectin at a dosage that the family’s lawyer said was too low, the paper reported.
Tenet Healthcare, owner of the hospital, did not respond to messages asking for comment, the newspaper reported.
Ryan Drock, who was also infected but recovering from COVID, told the Post he is not giving up.
“I hope they name a law after her so no one has to go through this,” Drock said. “Had she walked out of the hospital, she could have been given the medication.”