A Texas hospital has suspended the privileges of a doctor who promoted ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 and criticized vaccination warrants, saying she had spread “dangerous misinformation” that didn’t was “not based on science”.
Dr Mary Bowden, an ear, nose and throat doctor at the hospital, had her privileges suspended on Friday, the Houston Methodist Hospital said in a statement to NBC News.
This means that she no longer has the authority to admit or treat patients in the hospital while the investigation continues. Houston Methodist said she had privileges for less than a year and never admitted a patient.
The hospital said she had recently joined the Houston Methodist medical staff and “was using her social media accounts to express her personal and political views on the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments.”
Bowden has promoted ivermectin, a drug commonly used to deworm animals, as a treatment for Covid on several occasions on his Twitter account, despite warnings from public health officials.
On November 10, she tweeted: “Ivermectin may not be as deadly as everyone has said. Talk it over! She also called the vaccination warrants “bad” on her account.
The Food and Drug Administration has not licensed or approved ivermectin for use in the prevention or treatment of Covid in humans and has cautioned against taking the veterinary form of the drug.
Bowden’s views “are damaging to the community” and “do not reflect reliable medical evidence of the values of the Houston Methodists,” the hospital said in declaration shared on social networks.
Bowden told the hospital she was vaccinated, as per the hospital’s requirements.
Her lawyer, Steve Mitby, said she was not “anti-vaccine” and had treated more than 2,000 Covid patients, in a statement to the Washington Post.
“Like many Americans, Dr Bowden believes people should have a choice and believes that everyone, regardless of their immunization status, should have access to the same high quality health care,” he said. the newspaper. Mitby did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.
The hospital said it did not deny care to a patient based on their immunization status.
Houston Methodist announced in April that all staff must be vaccinated. A total of 153 employees resigned or were fired for failing to meet the June 7 deadline.
Bowden is the latest medical professional to face discipline for defying Covid guidelines or promoting disinformation about coronaviruses.
The medical assistant’s license was suspended last month by the Washington Medical Commission after allegedly promoting ivermectin as a remedy for Covid-19 and prescribing it “without adequate examination for at least one person,” the doctor said. WMC in a press release at the time.
Also last month in Connecticut, Dr Sue McIntosh surrendered her medical license after being accused of signing fake Covid vaccine waiver forms, NBC’s New Britain affiliate WVIT reported.