A Doctor serving in New Hampshire's State Senate claims a Bill making Ivermectin Easier to Obtain is "Just plain wrong"
The most controversial Covid medication just becomes more controversial...
Ivermectin is one of the most if not the most controversial drug as the Covid pandemic began to ravage the world. There are peer-reviewed publications against the drug and peer-reviewed publications for the drug. In simple terms, the drug is supposedly effective in aiding the fight against the Covid virus.
“Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.”
The most recent acceptance of the drug by individual states occurred in New Hampshire as the Senate majority leader gave the nod to legislation making ivermectin more easily available at pharmacies and a medical doctor serving in the state’s Senate has ridiculed the bill calling it “just plain wrong.”
Republicans on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved legislation to make the drug ivermectin available by standing order. This means that any individual over the age of 18 would be able to obtain the medicine at the pharmacy. As mentioned, the drug has peer-reviewed publications against it and for it but still does not have approval from the CDC.
"This is an area of expertise for me. I'm not speaking as a state senator. I'm speaking as a doctor who's a gastroenterologist, board-certified and licensed, and this is a really bad idea."
State Sen. Tom Sherman, the medical doctor, said voting for the legislation is equivalent to malpractice.
Those who had backed the bill said there are differing medical opinions on ivermectin. State Sen. James Gray stated: "There are doctors out there with the same type of degree as Sen. Sherman that are saying, 'Hey, go for it,'"
Sherman referenced one study which previously promoted the drug as an effective treatment that has since been withdrawn and he also referenced two more studies showing the drug has no relevant effect. Sherman’s main worry is the unintended consequences that may come about due to the availability.
"We don't use it in women who are pregnant. Making sure that's known before someone over the age of 18 goes and picks it up, that's going to be hard to do unless you have a doctor in between the drug and the patient."
Chris Sununu, New Hampshire’s governor, has given no insight as to what he might do with the legislation even with Jeb Bradley, Senate Majority Leader, claiming he is on board. Jeb Bradley has also referenced the fact that people are already treating themselves with the drug "It's used without prescription around the world in many instances, so I thought it was a reasonable compromise," he said.