Federal Lawsuit Against Pharmacies That Refused Ivermectin Prescriptions Dismissed

A federal court in Missouri last week tossed a lawsuit filed on behalf of COVID-19 patients. The plaintiffs sought relief from pharmacies that rejected their ivermectin prescriptions legally written by their physicians.

The pharmacists are off the hook for allegedly failing to do their jobs.

The Food and Drug Administration recently and very quietly reversed course and approved ivermectin for prescriptions for humans. This, however, came long after most of the public was forced to roll up their sleeves and accept an experimental vaccine approved by Washington.

William and Karla Salier received prescriptions from their Missouri doctor for ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to treat their COVID infections. However, they ran into a brick wall of resistance when they tried to fill their prescriptions in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Karla Salier reported a condescending Walmart pharmacist preached to her about treating COVID with ivermectin.

At the Hy-Vee pharmacy, she was told it was against company policy to prescribe the medication for COVID.

The couple then secured a veterinary version of ivermectin intended for large animals such as horses. They quickly recovered from their bouts with coronavirus and filed lawsuits against Walmart and Hy-vee.

The Salier’s attorney charged that the two pharmacies violated the couple’s “common-law right to self-determination.”

However, a district court dismissed the filing and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit did the same. It concluded that Minnesota law allowed pharmacists to use their discretion in filling prescriptions.

It also claimed that “the FDA and every government agency and major medical authority addressing the issue had denounced and recommended against using ivermectin to treat COVID.” The inexplicable warnings of the medicine being an “animal drug” have now magically disappeared.

The appeals court also cited the FDA’s revocation of its initial emergency-use authorization of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

In the first place, law-abiding Americans have a right to make their own medical decisions. There hardly was or is a consensus on effective treatments for COVID, even though Washington quickly settled on an experimental vaccine whose long-term effects are yet to be determined.

Further, the FDA’s handwringing over ivermectin being an “animal” drug has now quietly been reversed. The people should decide, not unelected bureaucrats and multinational organizations.