The Hill reports:
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its campaign against the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 can continue, reversing a lower court decision. Three doctors sued the FDA last year claiming that the agency’s anti-ivermectin campaign went too far, overstepping its authority and acting more as a medical body than a regulator.
“FDA is not a physician. It has authority to inform, announce, and apprise—but not to endorse, denounce, or advise,” Judge Don Willett wrote for the appeals court. “The Doctors have plausibly alleged that FDA’s Posts fell on the wrong side of the line between telling about and telling to.” Some fringe conservative circles hailed the drug as a miracle cure, while others were hospitalized and some died from its side effects.
Read the full article. Willett is a Trump appointee and in 2016 was shortlisted as one of Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominees. As general counsel for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he defended a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol. The tweet below is from one of the above-cited litigants.
— 🍊NaturallyImmune🍊 (@amyjanene) September 2, 2023
.@US_FDA sabotaged the use of ivermectin by tweeting: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow…Stop it.”
But when pressed in court, they said: “FDA explicitly recognizes that doctors do have the authority to prescribe ivermectin to treat
How many died needlessly?
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) August 12, 2023
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021