(AP) â€” A Delaware judge has refused to order a hospital to administer the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to a man who is seriously ill with COVID-19.
â€œWhile ivermectin has been approved as safe and effective to treat human parasitic infections, and so is distinct from a wholly unapproved new drug, DeMarco still has no right to compel its use to treat COVID-19 outside the standard of care,â€ Zurn wrote.
Mary Ellen DeMarco discussed ivermectin with hospital staff, including her husbandâ€™s treatment team and patient advocacy, but the hospital refused to treat DeMarco with it.
In February, the National Institutes of Health said that there was insufficient evidence for its COVID-19 treatment guidelines panel to recommend â€œeither for or againstâ€ the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.
In that context, Zurn concluded that, under the present standard of care, health care providers have no duty to administer ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient.
She also noted that the â€œright of self-determinationâ€ in the health care setting allows a person to accept or refuse treatment, but that there is no legal authority granting the right to compel a particular treatment outside the standard of care.