That said, Senate Majority Leader Shelly Hughes of Palmer, Alaska is urging Governor Mike Dunleavy to distribute ivermectin and vitamins to residents of Alaska. “That some Alaskan doctors are prescribing, but pharmacies are not filling,” according to the Daily News from Anchorage.
Additionally, three members of the GOP House testified at a pharmacy board meeting in Alaska, apparently lobbying or demanding that pharmacists fill the prescriptions of those doctors who insist on prescribing a drug that the FDA has. approved only to treat parasitic worms. The last time we checked, COVID-19 is not that.
“Maybe pharmacists could be directed – or directed the wrong word – suggested they allow doctors to be doctors and do their jobs, ”Big Lake Rep. Kevin McCabe said, according to a report by Alaska Public Media. “The patient and the doctor should be the only ones to decide. ”
If you’re wondering where the idea of using ivermectin came from, it started in Australia in the spring of 2020. Researchers found that the drug kills the virus in the lab. The problem was, the amount you would need would likely kill a person.
“You can take many drugs and push them in high enough concentration that you see a lab effect against pathogens,” said Sunil Parikh, associate professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. . Seattle weather. “When we use them in humans, we have to find the sweet spot where the drug has its positive effect, but the risk of any of these side effects is extremely low.” Ivermectin has not reached that “sweet spot” between effectiveness and low risk for treating COVID-19.
Still, not all of the real science has stopped those who will disprove the real things that work against the virus, like getting the COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, or keeping a distance in large crowds.
People like Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, who wants Alaska to become a testing ground for the use of ivermectin in the fight against COVID-19. Or Mike Coons, one of two nominated by Dunleavy for the Alaska Commission on Aging, who also testified at the pharmacy board meeting.
Coons says Alaska Public Media he is enthusiastic about the discoveries of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. And when exposed to a neighbor with coronavirus, he said his doctor was ready to prescribe both drugs for him if Coons needed them.
Coons have learned that filling a prescription for ivermectin to treat COVID-19 could result in the loss of their license by a doctor and pharmacist.
“What we need this board to do is tell Kroger and Fred Meyer’s and Safeway and Carr’s and Walgreens that, if you’re going to operate in the state of Alaska, licensed from the state of Alaska, when a doctor gives a prescription, he gives that prescription to that patient — no questions asked, other than what they’re normally supposed to ask, “Coons said. Coons did not mention whether this policy was to extend to Plan B, the morning-after pill that many conservative lawmakers believe pharmacists should be allowed to refuse to patients.
The ivermectin craze for those who practice and believe in real science leaves them terrified and frustrated.
“We already had the sad example of hydroxychloroquine, which is used for malaria, which clearly showed no positive effects,” Parikh says. He adds, “I’m afraid right now we’re heading down that road with ivermectin.”
Hypocrisy is blatant in the United States As GOP lawmakers continue to advocate for the use of unproven treatments, women are forced to fight laws banning proven medical procedures such as abortions, face limited access to multiple forms of contraception approved by the FDA and to physicians. assisted suicide is prohibited.