An appeals judge in Ohio has overruled a lower court judge, ruling that a hospital no longer has to give a COVID-19 patient ivermectin, a drug that some are using to treat the viral illness.
“While this court is sympathetic to the Plaintiff and understands the idea of wanting to do anything to help her loved one, public policy should not and does not support allowing a physician to try ‘any’ type of treatment on human beings,” Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster said in the court order, according to The Hill.
Julie Smith, the wife of COVID-19 patient Jeffery Smith, sued West Chester Hospital when the hospital refused to treat her husband with ivermectin, which was prescribed to him by a doctor.
“The drug was prescribed by Fred Wagshul, who is a licensed physician but not board-certified, for 21 days. It was prescribed to Smith without reviewing his medical history, according to court testimony, WBNS reported,” said the Hill.
While Butler County Common