Texas medical professional who touted ivermectin as Covid treatment suspended

A Texas hospital suspended the privileges of a physician who promoted ivermectin as a Covid-19 remedy and criticized vaccine mandates, declaring she distribute “harmful misinformation” that is “not based in science.”

Dr. Mary Bowden, an ear, nose and throat health care provider at the healthcare facility, experienced her privileges suspended Friday, Houston Methodist Medical center said in a statement to NBC News.  

That usually means she no extended has the electrical power to acknowledge or treat clients at the medical center as the investigation carries on. Houston Methodist stated she has had privileges for less than a yr and experienced under no circumstances admitted a affected individual. 

Houston Methodist Healthcare facility.Aaron M. Sprecher / AP file

The medical center mentioned she recently joined clinical staff at Houston Methodist and “is employing her social media accounts to convey her personal and political viewpoints about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment plans.”

Bowden promoted ivermectin, a drug normally made use of to deworm animals, as a treatment method for Covid many times on her Twitter account, irrespective of public well being officials warning against it.

On Nov. 10 she tweeted, “Ivermectin could possibly not be as lethal as absolutely everyone stated it was. Speak up!” She also slammed vaccine mandates as “wrong” on her account.

The Food stuff and Drug Administration has not authorized or authorized ivermectin for use in avoiding or dealing with Covid in humans and has warned in opposition to taking the veterinary variety of the drug.

Bowden’s thoughts “are dangerous to the community” and “do not mirror trustworthy health-related proof of the values of Houston Methodist,” the hospital explained in statement shared on social media. 

Bowden informed the medical center she is vaccinated, in compliance with the hospital’s specifications. 

Her lawyer, Steve Mitby, explained she is not “anti-vaccine” and has dealt with about 2,000 Covid patients, in a statement to The Washington Put up.

“Like many Us citizens, Dr. Bowden thinks that people today really should have a decision and thinks that all individuals, no matter of vaccine standing, should really have accessibility to the exact same substantial good quality well being treatment,” he explained to the paper. Mitby did not straight away reply to an NBC News ask for for remark.

The medical center said it does not deny care to a patient based on vaccination position.

Houston Methodist announced in April that all personnel need to be vaccinated. Total, 153 workforce resigned or were being terminated for failing to meet up with the June 7 deadline.

Bowden is the latest professional medical expert to face willpower for defying Covid pointers or advertising and marketing coronavirus misinformation. 

A physician’s assistant’s license was suspended previous month by the Washington Clinical Commission immediately after he allegedly promoted ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 and approved it “without enough examination to at least a single person,” the WMC stated in a statement at the time. 

Also previous month in Connecticut, Dr. Sue McIntosh surrendered her health care license right after she was accused of signing pretend Covid vaccine exemption forms, the NBC affiliate in New Britain WVIT documented.