Judge rules hospital cannot be forced to give ivermectin

A Butler County judge has ruled that West Chester Hospital cannot be compelled to administer ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient.

Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Oster Jr. issued the ruling Monday morning as a 14-day temporary injunction granted by another judge expired.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic treatment commonly used for livestock, and is recommended by the FDA to treat "infections caused by some parasitic worms" in humans as well as head lice and rosacea. Interest in the drug has spiked as the delta variant has ravaged the country. That interest has been fueled by endorsements from allies of former President Donald Trump as well as U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., plus Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.

While some studies are underway, none of the major medical organizations recommend the drug as a treatment for COVID-19, and the CDC warned reports of poisoning related to the use of ivermectin have increased threefold this year, spiking in July.

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