Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) has signed a bill that makes ivermectin, an antiviral drug that has been found to be an effective early treatment for COVID-19, available in the state without a prescription.
Lee signed SB 2188, approved by the State Senate, 66-20, and the State House, 22-6, which authorizes a pharmacist to provide ivermectin to patients 18 years of age or older, “pursuant to a valid collaborative pharmacy practice agreement containing a non-patient-specific prescriptive order and standardized procedures developed and executed by one or more authorized prescribers.”
Liberty Counsel, a Christian ministry and litigation firm, noted about the legislation:
That means that adults can explain their symptoms to the pharmacist, fill out a sheet listing any preexisting conditions and other medications they are taking, and the pharmacist can determine the right dosage.
According to the website c19ivermectin.com, 82 studies from 815 scientists, involving 129,808 patients in 27 countries, have shown statistically significant improvement when ivermectin is used to treat COVID-19 in “mortality, ventilation, ICU, hospitalization, recovery, cases, and viral clearance.”
And they should add other meds. The idea I have to lose time and pay a doctor in order to get something as silly (but important) like antibiotics, is plain dumb. Back in Venezuela (when they actually had medicines) most medications were over the counter. You got a prescription in paper because the doctor worried you’d forgot and request the wrong medication or dosage. Narcotics however were restricted and you needed to get a “purple” prescription which had watermarks and had individual serial numbers per page assigned to the doctor. Our home always had a supply of Ampicillin, Carbagal (which was an antidiarrheic with atropine) and an antiparasitic which we regularly gave to our dogs besides whatever regular medication my folks would take as per doctor’s orders. Nothing required an order from a medical practitioner to be dispensed.
I believe that the excuse of people overusing a medication are overblown. Yes, some idiots will do it, but that should not last long as it will correct itself soon enough via Darwin’s Consequences. This “overprotection” of my body and health is simply not warranted and very possibly just a business deal for the pharmaceutical and medical community. How many medications you know started prescription only and now are available over the counter?