FDA & HHS Sued Over Docs Revealing Suppression Of HCQ And Ivermectin

FDA & HHS Sued Over Docs Revealing Suppression Of HCQ And Ivermectin

Authored by Megan Redshaw via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

America First Legal (AFL) is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for failing to turn over documents related to the government’s suppression of the COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and ivermectin.

(Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

According to the lawsuit, AFL filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in August 2022 with HHS and the FDA seeking information related to the anti-malarial drug HCQ from March 1 to Sept. 1, 2020. AFL received confirmation and tracking numbers from both agencies that its request had been received.

AFL filed similar FOIA requests in September 2022 with the same agencies seeking information on ivermectin—a popular antiparasitic medication—and also received confirmation that the requests were received, along with tracking numbers, according to an AFL press release.

AFL, a nonprofit “working to promote the rule of law in the United States, prevent executive overreach, and ensure due process and equal protection for all Americans,” sought information to determine when and why government officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discouraged and suppressed the use of HCQ and ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Neither agency complied with the requests.

COVID-19 exposed the public health establishment to be highly politicized and shockingly inept. To this day, precisely why the bureaucrats suppressed HCQ and Ivermectin remains an unanswered question. In filing this suit, AFL has taken a first step toward exposing the truth and holding accountable the individuals responsible for denying patients access to these potentially useful drugs. Americans have a right to know if it was the political animus of leftist government workers toward former President Trump, rather than the science, that was driving decision-making,” Reed D. Rubinstein, AFL’s senior counselor and director of Oversight and Investigations told The Epoch Times in an email.

Despite hundreds of peer-reviewed studies supporting the effectiveness of both medications, the FDA has cautioned against using HCQ and ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19. On its website, the FDA states that “currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19,” yet half of revived a lawsuit against HHS and the FDA filed by three doctors who claimed the FDA overstepped its authority when it initiated an anti-ivermectin public relations campaign in 2021 that warned people not to take the drug.

According to the lawsuit, the FDA released an informal consumer update 18 months into the pandemic discouraging the use of ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19. It then released a document on COVID-19 and ivermectin intended for animals and made four posts online—one on its website and three on social media featuring an image of a horse that stated the following:

“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” “You are not a horse. Stop it with the #ivermectin. It’s not authorized for treating #COVID.” “Hold your horses y’all. Ivermectin may be trending, but it still isn’t authorized to treat COVID-19.”

In an internal email, a member of the FDA’s communications team said the posts were part of a “new engagement strategy.” According to the lawsuit, the national media ran with headlines, and pharmacies, hospitals, and medical boards took notice of the FDA’s position and began restricting access to the treatment.

The FDA also sent letters to the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy warning against using ivermectin to treat  COVID-19, along with its advisory that said taking it in high dosages was dangerous.

Similar to ivermectin, the FDA cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, citing a risk of “heart rhythm problems” and claimed the medication was neither safe nor effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. The agency had previously allowed its use under emergency use authorization (EUA) but revoked the authorization in June 2020—six months before granting EUA to COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna. A month after revoking EUA for hydroxychloroquine, Dr. Fauci, the former White House coronavirus advisor, said in an interview with MSNBC that scientific data and clinical trials “that were valid” determined that “hydroxychloroquine is not effective” in treating COVID-19.

As stated on the FDA website, the FDA can use its authority to grant EUA under section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow the use of unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases when certain criteria are met. One of the criteria is that there are no “adequate, approved, and available alternatives.” Thus, to grant EUA to COVID-19 vaccines, no adequate, approved, and available alternative treatment for COVID-19 could exist.

The FDA did not respond to a request for comment.

Tyler Durden
Thu, 12/14/2023 – 10:40

 

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