Arkansas Physician Underneath Examination For Prescribing Ivermectin Thousand Instances For Covid-19 Regardless of FDA Warning
The FDA has been warning against the use of ivermectin to treat Covid-19 since March. The drug is used to treat parasitic infections, mainly in farm animals, and the CDC recently warned of an increase in reports of serious illnesses caused by the drug at poison centers.
Justice of the peace Eva Madison raised the issue during a county budget hearing in Fayetteville Tuesday, saying a county official had told her that the prison doctor was prescribing ivermectin for the treatment and prevention of Covid-19.
The county employee – who doesn’t work for the sheriff’s department – was sent to jail to have a Covid-19 test, Madison told CNN. During the visit, he was prescribed ivermectin, which the Arkansas Department of Health is also advising not to use to treat or prevent Covid-19.
“He is very afraid of the county retaliation and has asked me to bring this up on his behalf,” said Madison.
“To my great surprise, he (the sheriff) defended the use. He defended the practice, ”said Madison. The sheriff offered to put Madison in touch with the doctor. Screenshots of the text exchange with the Madison Sheriff confirm her account.
Dr. Robert Karas provides medical services to the Washington County Jail. He’s been the contract supplier since 2015, according to Madison.
Madison said Karas defended his use of the drug during a phone call and again in a subsequent television interview after the practice came to light. Karas told KFSM television that he started prescribing the drug last October and then given it to family members and “thousands” of others. The doctor also recorded the station’s interview with his own camera and put it online.
“Would you like us to try to fight like we were on the beaches of Normandy? Or should I say what a lot of people do and say – oh, go home and drive out and go to the emergency room if … your lips turn blue, “Karas said.
Karas said he started using ivermectin in prisons on “high-risk patients over 40” from November. The doctor defended his practice, saying that of the 531 cases in prison, no deaths from Covid-19 have been reported.
CNN called the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to confirm the number of Covid-19 patients being treated in the prison and was referred back to Karas for providing medical services. Calls to the doctor’s office were not answered.
The Arkansas Medical Board has opened an investigation into the matter, Meg Mirivel, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Health, told CNN. Due to the ongoing investigation, the department was unable to issue any further statements.
The sheriff’s department declined to comment or provide additional information about inmate care.
The sheriff’s office defended the practice to the local newspaper, saying all treatments were “voluntary”.
“You can refuse any medication that is offered. Even with the vaccine, everything is voluntary, ”said vice chairman Jay Cantrell of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
“I believe it is the constitutional duty of the county and the sheriff to provide adequate and adequate medical care to prisoners.” Madison told CNN.
“No one – including those in detention – should be subjected to medical experiments,” said Holly Dickson, executive director of the Arkansas ACLU, in a statement, adding that the sheriff “has responsibility to provide food, shelter and safety. adequate care of the imprisoned. “
In a CDC health advisory published Thursday, the agency said ivermectin use “can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and death.”
CNN’s Jen Christensen and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.