There has been a LOT of celebration about the recent appellate court ruling in the case of Dr. Apter, Dr. Bowden and Dr. Marik vs. the Health and Human Services Department and Food and Drug Administration. While I am perfectly capable of doing an in-depth legal analysis of this ruling, I will summarize it for you here. The 5th Circuit ruled that the FDA overstepped its boundaries with tweets and posts suggesting doctors shouldn’t prescribe Ivermectin for COVID because they insinuated it was a medicine made for animals. The FDA can’t get between a patient and a doctor. But, because of their war on a viable treatment that is off-patent and wouldn’t make pharmaceutical companies much money, their tone, posts, and posture had a ripple effect that impacted doctors, nurses, pharmacies, and…well, everyone.
Dr. Bowden, in particular, has been at the forefront of this. Yes, she is a plaintiff, but more than that, I have had the opportunity to get to know her and to follow her story. She posts often on Twitter as she treats COVID patients. To this day, when she prescribes life-saving medicines, like Ivermectin, corporate pharmacies fail to fill her prescriptions. All manner of excuses are given, from low stock to no stock, to we aren’t allowed to dispense that, to it isn’t FDA approved; which is a complete fabrication.
Dr. Bowden has had her privileges revoked at hospitals and complaints filed against her by the medical board, all because she has tried to treat patients in and out of the hospital with Ivermectin. She has done that because she knows it works. But, because the FDA, HHS and CDC have waged war against the medicine, hospitals have decided they won’t allow their doctors to dispense it to sick and dying patients, and big box corporate pharmacies have decided they won’t fill prescriptions for it.
Those are the ramifications of the FDA tweeting this:
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
Hospital protocol for the treatment of COVID demonized Ivermectin. We can speculate as to why or what caused it. I hate to jump to the nefarious, but well, it’s hard not to these days. The same thing has happened to another physician on the lawsuit, Dr. Marik. He was a lauded professional, a teacher, and the director of the ICU at Sentara Norfolk Hospital. He had his privileges revoked for treating patients (with great success) with Ivermectin. He sued them as a result. We have heard countless horror stories of family members having to sneak this medicine into hospitals because they believed it was the last hope to save them. Instead, hospitals were using the “approved” treatment protocol, which includes Remdesivir, a harmful medication with a terrible safety profile. Compare that with Ivermectin – a medicine with a safety profile better than ibuprofen – and you just weep.
People have been forced to get court orders to have this medication given to their loved ones, and all of that stems from the FDA and HHS and their war on this harmless off-patent medicine.
In the face of all of this—in the face of threats, and filed complaints, and attacks, there are many doctors who still prescribe the medicine to their patients because it is an early treatment that has been proven to work, time and time again. Here is just a small sampling of the compassionate care that Dr. Bowden gives patients who come to her for treatment. She, and others like her, are a shining example of what medicine is supposed to be. We should support brave doctors like Dr. Bowden who continue to fulfill their oath while under immense pressure to cave, or quit.
Spoke to a vaxxed, boosted patient today who is recovering from COVID. “Never had a flu like this.” Spiked a fever but 9 hours after taking ivermectin, felt significantly better. @cvspharmacy agreed to fill her ivermectin prescription but wanted $350 (she filled it at a…
— Mary Talley Bowden MD (@MdBreathe) September 7, 2023
Pharmacist Aanchal Chhantyal at @Walgreens 5002 BELLAIRE BLVD Bellaire, TX 713-663-6636 told my patient ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine are not effective and cited my issues with @MethodistHosp to justify refusing to fill my prescriptions. pic.twitter.com/43c950nnfA
— Mary Talley Bowden MD (@MdBreathe) August 31, 2023
Update…. He got the ivermectin, thanks to Kinsey pharmacy, and is doing better. Resting oxygen level is up from 87% to 93%. Thank you to all of you who offered to help! https://t.co/1ZaTj4adc9
— Mary Talley Bowden MD (@MdBreathe) August 31, 2023
Most doctors are sheep. Allow me to explain….
— Mary Talley Bowden MD (@MdBreathe) August 29, 2023
Take a look through her timeline on X. There are countless stories of her still treating her patients with a treatment protocol that WORKS, despite the ripple effect that was caused by the FDA/HHS informing doctors, even if in a sly way, that they should not use Ivermectin to treat COVID.
The point here is that it’s easy to swipe all doctors with a broad brush. Faith in our medical institutions is at an all-time low. As I wrote about the other day, many are searching out natural remedies and focusing on wellness rather than even seeing a doctor. However, there are still compassionate, brave, caring doctors out there. You just have to find them.
And if you think about it, isn’t that what we should have been doing all along anyway? There SHOULD be a “job interview” process for hiring the physician who you will trust with managing your care! Since when did it become the opposite? We find a doctor and *we* are privileged to be seen by that doctor? It happens all too often nowadays, as medicine has morphed from a model where patient care is a focus, to a model where profit is a focus. Ask any small-town doctor if they can maintain a private practice in an environment where corporate medicine is buying up every last independent doctor there is. We could write an entire article about the corporatization of medicine.
I wrote an op-ed months back for UncoverDC that spoke to the trust people place in their doctors. Often, if not always, it rises above the level of trust that people place in their spouse or immediate family. We should be seeking out doctors like those I am writing about here, and do it diligently. Some doctors are actually letting patients DIE because they refuse to take the shot. Where are we as a nation? A world?
In closing, we must appreciate those doctors brave enough to stand up, provide their patients compassionate and often life-saving care, and take all of the attacks on their livelihood and reputation because they’ve sworn an oath. We should place more of a focus on what is happening to the institution of medicine because there is an absolute mountain of work that needs to be done there. And, we should do our own research to be up to date on how we take care of ourselves. We can make a dent here, but it starts at home.