Ohio judge orders hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin at wife's request

The COVID-19 patient has been in the ICU since July 15.
Nurses care for a Covid-19 patient inside the ICU (intensive care unit) at Adventist Health in Sonora, California on August 27, 2021.

An Ohio judge ordered a Cincinnati hospital to administer Ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient at his wife's request, as he has been in an intensive care unit (ICU) for over a month.

Last week, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard ordered West Chester Hospital to treat 51-year-old COVID-19 patient Jeffrey Smith with Ivermectin, Ohio Capital Journal reported. Smith's wife of 24 years, Julie, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her husband, requesting that he be given 30mg of Ivermectin every day for three weeks as prescribed by Ohio physician Dr. Fred Wagshul.

Smith tested positive on July 9 for COVID-19, was hospitalized and admitted to the ICU on July 15, and on Aug. 1 was sedated, intubated, and and placed on a ventilator. He has since developed another infection.

Julie found out about Ivermectin and contacted Wagshul, who is a founder of the nonprofit Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, according to the Journal. He prescribed Ivermectin for Smith but the hospital would not administer it.

Ivermectin was first developed for deworming livestock animals prior to doctors using it to fight parasitic diseases in humans, the Journal reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn against using Ivermectin to treat COVID-19. But Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others have endorsed the use of Ivermectin to fight COVID-19, according to the Journal.