Physicians Challenge American Medical Association’s Condemnation of Ivermectin

By Corinne Murdock

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) challenged the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent take that ivermectin should no longer be prescribed for COVID-19.

In a letter to AMA President Gerald Harmon published Saturday, AAPS Executive Director and Tucson native Jane Orient argued that the AMA was contradicting the professional opinion of many respected physicians – those that are writing the average of 88,000 prescriptions a week for ivermectin. Orient cited 63 controlled studies that favor the use of ivermectin in treating COVID.

Orient also cited the Tokyo Medical Association (TMA), who issued a call to action in February for all their physicians to prescribe ivermectin to treat COVID-19. She asked AMA if they could answer the following questions about their rationale for opposing ivermectin:

  • What are the criteria for advocating that pharmacists override the judgment of fully qualified physicians who are responsible for individual patients?
  • What are the criteria for forbidding off-label use of long-approved drugs, which constitute at least 20 percent of all prescriptions?
  • On what basis does AMA demand use only within a clinical trial for ivermectin, but call for virtually universal vaccination outside of controlled trials, despite FDA warnings of potential cardiac damage in healthy young patients, and no information about long-term effects?

The AMA issued their recommendation in a joint statement with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) last week. The statement noted that they were alarmed by the 24-fold increase in ivermectin prescriptions over the course of the pandemic.

Recently, famed podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan was prescribed ivermectin as one of several treatments for his COVID-19. Rogan also reported using monoclonal antibodies, Z-Pack, and Prednisone. Within 5 days, Rogan went from fully symptomatic to testing negative.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to corinne@azfreenews.com.