Florida woman dies suing hospital over ivermectin
A woman with Covid-19 from Florida, whose husband had struggled in court to have her treated with ivermectin, has died of her illness.
Tamara Druck, a 47-year-old teacher from Loxahatchee, near Palm Beach, Florida, died from complications from Covid-19 Friday after 12 weeks in hospital, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Her husband, Ryan Druck, sued the hospital last month to force doctors to give ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that has become a cause for concern for Covid skeptics and supporters of Donald Trump despite little evidence of its benefits.
District Judge James Nutt dismissed Mr. Druck’s suit, arguing that allowing judges to dictate treatment to doctors would set a dangerous precedent.
Several similar cases across the United States have attempted to get hospitals to use ivermectin, which has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it has not shown promise in preclinical trials.
However, countless viral posts in conservative Facebook groups and other online spaces, spurred in part by a pro-Trump telemedicine service that sells prescriptions for ivermectin, have praised it as a miracle drug and advised followers to do everything they can to get it.
The resulting scramble led to a shortage of ivermectin pills for humans, leading some believers to use veterinary stores to obtain the flavored ivermectin paste used to treat worm infections in horses.
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Separately, a doctor in Houston, Texas, was arrested Friday for allegedly posting “serious misinformation” on Twitter about the effectiveness of ivermectin against Covid-19.
After Judge Knott’s ruling, Mr. Druck tried to reach an agreement with the hospital to treat his wife with ivermectin. One doctor agreed, but the family’s attorney said the dose was too low.
In an interview with Palm Beach Post On Monday, Druck blamed the hospital for Tamara’s death and vowed to keep pressing his case.
“I hope they call the law after her so that no one goes through this,” he said. “If I got out of the hospital, I would have taken medicine.
‘We do not know whether [the drug] He could have saved her life, but he could have saved her. Perhaps nothing would have happened, but we are following the case rigorously from a legal perspective. Everyone in Florida has a constitutional right to choose what is done with their body.”
Mrs. Druck is survived by her husband and two children.