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Ohio man at the center of ivermectin lawsuit dies from COVID-19

KRLD Radio Dallas logo KRLD Radio Dallas 10/6/2021 Joe Hiti
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In Ohio, a man whose spouse filed a lawsuit to have a hospital administer ivermectin to him as he was fighting COVID-19 has died, according to local reports.

On Monday, Jonathan Davidson, the man's attorney, shared with WXIX-TV that his client had died on Sept. 25. The man, Jeffery Smith, was hospitalized in July and admitted to the intensive care unit at West Chester Hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19.

In August, Smith's wife, Julie Smith, filed a lawsuit against the hospital when her husband was placed on a ventilator. The suit was an attempt to get the hospital to give Smith ivermectin as prescribed by his physician, Dr. Fred Wagshul.

Dr. Wagshul is one of the founding physicians of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, which is known for using ivermectin to treat COVID-19, according to their website.

The case initially had a judge order the hospital to give the drug to Smith, however, the ruling was overturned by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster 13 days later.

Oster noted in his decision that Wagshul "prescribed the medication without having seen Jeff Smith and does not have privileges at West Chester Hospital."

The ruling from Oster on Sept. 6 did emphasize that his judgment was not meant to determine the effectiveness of using ivermectin to treat the virus.

"However, based upon the evidence, it has not been shown to be effective at this juncture," he wrote. "The studies that tend to give support to ivermectin have had inconsistent results, limitations to the studies, were open-label studies, were of low quality or low certainty, included small sample sizes, various dosing regimens, or have been so riddled with issues that the study was withdrawn."

Ivermectin has not been proven to help fight COVID-19 but has been widely used amongst those who do not want to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Podcaster Joe Rogan was in the news for taking the drug after he had spoken with two doctors from the FLCCCA about ivermectin and its use, claiming that the drug was being censored.

However, the FDA has not approved the use of the drug, instead urging people not to take it, citing risks of overdose through self-medication.

The drug has also received skepticism as there is a version for humans and a version used for deworming horses and other animals.

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