Judge James Orel of DuPage County in Illinois ordered Edward-Elmhurst Hospital to give the drug, ivermectin, to a 68-year-old COVID-19 patient who had failed other treatments.
The patient, in intensive care for over a month, in a coma, and on a ventilator was not improving. Her daughter read the news story about a Buffalo, New York woman who recovered from COVID-19 after receiving ivermectin. Ivermectin is not endorsed by federal health agencies for treatment of COVID-19, but her daughter felt there was nothing to lose by trying it. However, the hospital and doctors refused to administer the drug, so she sued the hospital to force them, with the help of a New York law firm that has taken on other ivermectin cases.
The hospital finally agreed to let an outside doctor administer the drug.
The physician-led group called the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) has a review of ivermectin and its efficacy in the prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19. FLCCC believes that ivermectin has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.