The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus two issues: the human right to access a life-saving drug and a physician's right to exercise his Hippocratic Oath. Accordingly, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) today called for the "Immediate and Global Use of Ivermectin to End the COVID-19 Pandemic."
The release stated, “Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that Ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19,” said Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCM, FCCP, founding member of the FLCCC and Chief, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School."
Dr. Marik continued, “We can no longer rely on many of the larger health authorities to make an honest examination of the medical and scientific evidence. So, we are calling on regional public health authorities and medical professionals around the world to demand that Ivermectin be included in their standard of care right away so we can end this pandemic, once and for all.”
With growing evidence of the corruption of public health authorities, there are louder calls for medical professionals to exercise their Hippocratic Oath and do what is best for patients — even if this means risking their careers. This moral imperative was described in vivid detail in the just-released book, Ivermectin for the World.
The book brings to life the underground movement by the world’s leading physicians to get the truth out against all odds and the David v Goliath battle to save the world with Ivermectin. Each day new stories emerge.
One example in Elmhurst, Illinois, is representative of today's choice for physicians. Patient Nurijie Fype, a 68-year-old woman who is comatose with COVID-19, rests near death in the ICU on a ventilator. Her family has requested she be given Ivermectin, and the hospital has opposed this.
In an Orwellian stance, the hospital has opposed her right to receive the drug and fought a court order to give the medication. After a three-day delay, the hospital argued they could not find a physician willing to administer it. The hospital attorney reported in a hearing that 20 physicians and 19 other health care workers had refused to administer the drug. However, not mentioned in court papers were the pressures exerted by the hospital to deter these professionals.
Dr. Alan Bain, a Chicago Internal Medicine Specialist, was granted temporary privileges at the hospital, and he administered the Ivermectin. It seems Dr. Bain was the only physician willing to stand up to the hospital and place the patient's interest first.
Dr. Bain is a member of the C19 group, a collection of professionals that champion the use of repurposed drugs for COVID-19. Dr. George Fareed, Dr. Peter McCullough, and Dr. Harvey Risch were instrumental in the movement. In November, the trio testified at the US Senate about the effectiveness of cocktails combining Ivermectin with HCQ and nutraceuticals, including Zinc and Vitamin D3.
Early in the pandemic, the triple therapy of HCQ, Zinc, and Azithromycin proved lifesaving, as shown by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko of New York. Likewise, Dr. Fareed’s dynamic associate, Dr. Brian Tyson, used this cocktail therapy to save all 1,900 of his COVID-19 patients in the Imperial Valley even when the authorities threatened him, advising him to stop.
Both Dr. Bain and Dr. Tyson stand tall as heroes in this pandemic as physicians willing to defy the FDA in their quest to save their patients and follow their Hippocratic Oaths. Yet, unfortunately, the FDA recommends against Ivermectin for COVID-19 despite some 53 studies showing it can reduce death by up to 91 percent.
However, the sacred oath requires physicians to do what is in the best interests of their patients, and sometimes this conflicts with politically-driven public health agency guidelines.
The FDA can and does influence off-label prescribing within hospitals. Such influence, many doctors feel, is at the behest of pharmaceutical corporations that prefer more expensive FDA-approved drugs. However, outspoken experts feel this compromises patient care by blocking access to more effective and safer off-label drugs, especially in the case of Ivermectin for COVID.
The FLCCC and many leading researchers feel the evidence is clear that Ivermectin is safe, cheap, and lifesaving. Large magnitude and reproducible studies confirm that Ivermectin is associated with substantial reductions in death. In addition, the FLCCC and many other academics know beyond any doubt that Ivermectin is more effective in late-stage COVID than the FDA's choice, Remdesivir, with a price tag of $3,100, a drug the evidence shows does not reduce mortality. Ivermectin, on the other hand, saves lives, even in those patients near death, resting on ventilators, yet it costs only pennies.
The last three COVID clients that Ralph C. Lorigo, Fype's attorney, has represented all won court orders for Ivermectin and all recovered from ventilators after being administered the drug.
The scenario with Nurijie Fype is symptomatic of a greater ill than COVID. It is an epidemic of corruption at the highest levels in our society. Big Pharma and their regulators in public health control the hospitals and rule with an iron fist. Tragically, this epidemic of greed has crept into the fabric of medicine, and it now stands between the patient and physician.
In Fype's case, the attending physician expressed fear that prescribing Ivermectin against the hospital's legal position might jeopardize his license. When a patient has to hire a lawyer and sue their hospital to gain access to a safe and lifesaving, off-label drug, we know that our medical system is sick. And when we find this occurring in different countries on other continents, it, like COVID-19, must be declared a pandemic.
But the treatment for this is not a fancy, patent-protected, and experimental vaccine. Instead, it once again amounts to a traditional off-label solution proven to treat such conditions effectively. Moreover, it involves a constitutional right, straight out of the 5th Amendment — the right to life and liberty. The prerogative to try a life-saving drug is a fundamental human right. We must elevate the Right-to-Try Act to a formal constitutional mandate. Very soon, we will likely see old-fashioned remedies used to end both pandemics — Ivermectin for one and the US Supreme Court for the other.