Arkansas Officials Hire Doctor Accused Of Giving Inmates Ivermectin Without Consent | Arkansas

An Arkansas doctor accused of prescribing ivermectin to inmates in his state without their consent has been praised by local officials for a “job well done” despite widespread outrage over his actions.

In January, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Dr. Robert Karas, a physician at the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas, on behalf of four inmates who said they received ivermectin to treat Covid-19 as a form of “medical experiment”.

“The plaintiffs ingested incredibly high doses of a drug that credible medical professionals, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all agree is not an effective treatment for Covid-19 and that if given in large doses is harmful to humans,” the lawsuit said.

According to the lawsuit, Karas told the inmates that the drugs prescribed “consisted of simple ‘vitamins’, ‘antibiotics’ and/or ‘steroids’.”

The CDC, along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have issued advisories warning against the use of ivermectin for Covid-19, despite it being a cause celebre for some right-wing figures and anti-vaxxers. .

Despite the lawsuit, some prominent local leaders in Washington County have praised Karas for his Covid treatment efforts.

On Monday, Patrick Deakins, a Washington County justice of the peace, presented a resolution to the jail and local quorum court enforcement committee commending Karas for his handling of the pandemic at the Washington County jail. .

“I don’t know the science behind Covid and I’m not sure anyone does. I’m definitely not a doctor and I’m definitely not a virologist, and none of us on this panel are,” Deakins said.

He added: “I don’t know the value of a treatment or its relevance. I don’t know the effectiveness of ivermectin and I don’t know the most useful ways to treat an individual, and that’s not the point of this resolution, I just want what’s best for county health and safety.

“While more than 850 cases of infection have been recorded in the Washington County Detention Center, Dr. Robert Karas and Karas Correctional Health have effectively treated cases that have resulted in no fatalities from the virus,” the statement said. resolution.

According to the document, Karas provided “exceptional medical care” to inmates and that the “Washington County Quorum Court commends Dr. Robert Karas and Karas Correctional Health for a job well done despite the unique challenges.” »

Despite the committee passing the resolution, other local officials pushed Karas back.

“If you talk to people at our local hospitals who are treating patients after Dr. Karas has treated them, they are very sick,” Justice of the Peace Eva Madison said. “The reality is that he doesn’t know…He can’t know what the side effects are of the treatment he gave,” she added.

“How can we brag that no one died when the individuals in this lawsuit claimed health consequences for what he did to them,” Madison said in reference to the inmates. “You may or may not agree with the lawsuit, Dr. Karas, but why the hell would this body endorse a practice that is being challenged in court?”

In the lawsuit filed by the ACLU last month, inmates complained of suffering various side effects after ingesting ivermectin, including vision problems, diarrhea, bloody stools and cramps. ‘stomach. Detainees were also subject to payment of fees for medical examinations they requested after experiencing the side effects.

Karas, who has faced numerous lawsuits against him over the years for allegedly providing inadequate and poor medical care to inmates, has filed a motion to dismiss the ACLU’s lawsuit against him.

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