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A Texas doctor who defended ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 and criticized vaccine mandates has been suspended

Business Insider
Business Insider
 2021-11-14

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Dr. Joseph Varon (right) speaking to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive-care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on December 29, 2020.
  • The Houston Methodist Hospital has suspended the privileges of Dr. Mary Bowden.
  • On Twitter, she repeatedly defended the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment.
  • Bowden is the latest doctor to face disciplinary measures after going against COVID-19 guidelines.

A doctor from Texas who spread COVID-19 misinformation on her personal Twitter account has had her privileges suspended.

Dr. Mary Bowden of the Houston Methodist Hospital posted a series of tweets praising the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment. She also called vaccine mandates " wrong ."

Ivermectin is a drug typically used to treat parasitic infections in livestock such as horses. Health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have repeatedly warned that the drug can cause adverse side effects in humans, such as dizziness and nausea . In some cases, it can lead to overdose and death , as well as to hallucinations and seizures.

Ivermectin can be used by humans but only through a prescription ordered by a doctor, usually to get rid of parasitic worms, the FDA said. Sometimes, ivermectin can be used to treat lice and skin conditions such as rosacea. But no health agency recommends that people infected with the coronavirus take ivermectin.

Steven Mitby, Bowden's attorney, told CNN that the doctor wasn't against vaccines, but believed that "people should have a choice." Bowden is vaccinated, Mitby said, as Houston Methodist mandates that all doctors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a statement posted to Twitter , the Houston Methodist Hospital said Bowden used her account to "express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments."

Bowden is the latest doctor to face discipline after going against COVID-19 guidelines that are backed by leading health officials nationwide.

Last month, retired physician Sue McIntosh voluntarily surrendered her medical license after officials learned she was giving patients blank, signed COVID-19 exemption waivers . And in September, Steven Arthur LaTulippe had his medical license revoked after he falsely described carbon-dioxide poisoning as a risk of wearing face masks .

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No Body
11-14

Tell that to all of the people in Africa and India that we’re given Ivermectin and didn’t get sick, got better or didn’t die. Why did it work for people in Africa and people in India but it doesn’t work on Americans?

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Lynn Blankenship
11-14

Yet 200 Congressmen all took IVERMECTIN........🙄. Ivermectin has never led to overdose or death when PRESCRIBED. Millions have used it for decades.

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khfhhuv
11-14

anybody can look up this doctor and he's not the only one and see they wasn't just talkin about ivermectin they was talkin about treatments in general but of course the media and the goddamn federal government will bitch about it and try their best to make it look silly when in reality what they are talking about is the best for the patient they are treating since when has the federal government ever done anything for humans that didn't equate to money just think about it

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