Ohio Republicans’ Bill Forces Doctors to Offer Disproven Drugs to Treat COVID

Republican lawmakers in Ohio want to force doctors in the state to offer disproven drug “treatments” for COVID-19 to their patients, and to punish them financially if they refuse to do so.

House Bill 631, The COVID-19 Health Care Professional-Patient Relationship Protection Act (COVID-19 Health Care Professional-Patient Relationship Protection Act), is sponsored by Kris Jordan (R) with Ron Ferguson (R). The bill would require local boards of health to “promote and increase distribution” of four drugs to treat coronavirus — including hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, two drugs that it has been definitively proven do not work against the virus.

“This is securing that right for an individual to make, with consultation with their health care provider, the best decision for their health care plan,” Ferguson said of the bill. “More options, better health care. That’s what people are always looking for in the healthcare space.”

After a Cincinnati hospital refused ivermectin treatment to a patient, the family demanded it. When his wife sued following his death, the judge sided with the hospital, finding that the drug would have provided no value in helping save the man’s life.

According to the language of the bill, Ohio doctors would be required to promote the drugs as being “effective or deemed beneficial” for patients to use in the treatment of coronavirus. Doctors would also be forbidden from suppressing the promotion of the drugs, or limiting their patients’ access to them, and could be punished through lawsuits for doing so.

Numerous studies have refuted claims that either hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin have any benefit in treating COVID-19.

2020 National Institutes of Health clinical trial found “no clinical benefit” to using hydroxychloroquineTo treat the virus, it is possible to use ivermectin. A study that examined the effects of ivermectin was published last month. no effect in treating COVID-19.

Despite their ineffectiveness in preventing or treating coronavirus, these drugs are still popular with far right groups, who refuse to be vaccinated. This is due in large part to disinformation provided by former President Donald Trump.

Trump advocated the use of hydroxychloroquine in the early stages of the pandemic. After studies showed that the drug was not effective for COVID treatment in COVID cases, Trump dismissed their findings by calling them “Trump enemy” statements.

Trump took hydroxychloroquine, which he claimed was to prevent the coronavirus. up to at least May of 2020. He contracted coronavirus in the autumn of that year. his treatment regimen did not include the use of the drugNeither is any other disproven method.