Tablets of ivermectin.
A new lawsuit claims that inmates at an Arkansas jail were given ivermectin without their knowledge or consent. The doctor at the jail gave inmates a cocktail of vitamins, antibiotics, and steroids when in fact he was giving them dangerously high doses of the dewormer. The FDA does not authorize Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID, and people are told not to take it outside of its approved use.
The lawsuit says that no one told them that the medications they were consuming included Ivermectin. The side effects of the drug administered to them were not told to the Plaintiffs.
Four inmates are suing Dr. Karas and his company, the Washington County sheriff, and the Washington County Detention Center for violating their rights to informed consent. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas. Independent providers are being sought for medical evaluations and an injunction preventing Dr. Karas from administering ivermectin to COVID patients.
No one should be deceived or subject to medical experimentation. Gary Sullivan, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, said in a statement that Sheriff Helder has a responsibility to provide food, shelter, and appropriate care to inmates.
Lack of informed consent.
The four men who brought the lawsuit say that they would have refused to take it if they had been told about the side effects.
In Arkansas and beyond, it is customary and legally required that patients be given complete, accurate, and truthful information to make an informed decision as to whether to proceed with medical treatments. As medical providers, Dr. Karas and his colleagues knew this.
According to the lawsuit, at least two inmates were given incredibly high amounts of the drug. The FDA has approved it for use as an anti-parasitic drug in a single oral dose. The second dose is only given for three to 12 months after the first. The 72 kilogram prisoner received 48 grams over four days, 3.4 times the approved dose. The person who weighed 87 kilograms received over four days of over 100 grams of the approved dose.
According to the lawsuit, these men had a variety of symptoms, including bloody stools, stomach pains, and vision problems. The fees for medical exams were charged to the people who suffered side effects from the Ivermectin treatment.
The lawsuit says that Dr. Karas began to conduct research on the effectiveness of ivermectin against COVID as the Pandemic took hold. He has posted about the ivermectin in public, as well as detailing how to dose it. The Arkansas Medical Board has opened an inquiry into the use of protocols with family members, after he said he was giving inmates higher amounts of medicine than he was giving his private patients.
The company that Dr. Karas is the sole member in is called Karas Correctional Health and it gets over a million dollars a year for providing medical services at the jail. The lawsuit states that his contract allows him to buy drugs wholesale and sell them to the jail, which is obligated to pay the costs for all prescription medications prescribed to WCDC detainees.
The ivermectin problem is not limited to jails. People around the world believe that the dewormer can both prevent and fight COVID infections. A petri dish study suggested that the drug may have some antiviral qualities but at higher doses than had been approved in humans. The medical community has pushed the false narrative, and politicians continue to do so.
The widespread misuse of the drug has led to spikes in demand and a surge in insurance reimbursements. Private health insurers are spending around $130 million a year, despite the fact that they should not cover ineffective treatments, according to a study.