Since when and why do doctors refuse to prescribe known medications and remedies for COVID-19? Apparently in California, this occurs because it “is not the protocol doctors use around here.”
A friend reported that she and her husband are recovering from Covid. “My husband has COPD so he ended up hospitalized but is home now and doing better,” she said. However, and this is where it gets bad, “The doctors around here won’t treat anyone until they can’t breath, then they say ‘go to the hospital.'”
What doctor would refuse to treat a patient until the illness reaches a life-threatening emergency?
She continued: “We got meds online through the America’s Frontline Doctors, or I don’t think we would have done as well as we did.” She said they asked her husband’s two doctors for antibiotics and steroids. “Both said ‘no.’ It’s no wonder the hospitals are filling up,” she said.
Is this by design? Did California’s public health officials really issue a stand-down restriction on life-saving medications so COVID-19 would get worse in the state?
As we reported in “California’s Public Health Doctors Are Violating Hippocratic Oath, ‘First, Do No Harm,’” Public health doctors, while not in a medical practice, must still adhere to “Primum non nocere,” the Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.” But they aren’t.
My friend said she has heard the same thing from others friends: “Doctors won’t ‘treat’ their patients. It’s like they’ve all been told to stand down or something,” she said. “When I asked one doc about getting Hydroxychloroquine he acted like I insulted him. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
She said her daughter who lives in Texas, was exposed to friends who contracted COVID, and her Texas doctors immediately prescribed she and her husband a Z-Pak (Zithromax) and steroids. Both apparently recovered quickly.
When my friend and her husband asked her husband’s cardiologist – who knows her husband has COPD – why he would not prescribe the steroids and Z-pak and/or Hydroxychloroquine, he said “that is not the protocol doctors use around here.”
What exactly does that mean? What protocols? And who issued them – the Governor? Dr. Mark Ghaly, Gov. Newsom’s appointed Health and Human Services Secretary? County public health officials?
Is this malpractice?
America’s Frontline Doctors report the restriction on HCQ is severe in western democracies. “But during Covid-19, State Pharmacy Boards and State Governors have passed regulations that have restricted only hydroxychloroquine and only when being used for Covid-19! This dramatic departure from the way medicine has always been practiced is very alarming to people who are concerned about the doctor-patient relationship.”
“It has never happened that the government has restricted physicians from prescribing an FDA approved medication” they explain (emphasis theirs).
As California Globe has reported, American’s Front Line Doctors, which exist to counter the massive disinformation campaign regarding the pandemic, warn that U.S. Governors’ attempt to ban hydroxychloroquine is the real problem.
The doctors have a map on their website showing which states allow for hydroxychloroquine, and which make it difficult or impossible – note that California is “fairly difficult:”