PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida woman who was hospitalized with COVID-19 has died after her husband sued in an unsuccessful effort to force doctors to treat her with ivermectin, a drug which has not been approved health regulators for treating coronavirus.
Tamara Drock died Friday, 12 weeks after being admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Ryan Drock told the Palm Beach Post.READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court Rulings
He sued the hospital last month in an attempt to require doctors to administer ivermectin, a drug used to treat conditions caused by parasitic worms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug to treat COVID-19, saying it hasn’t proved effective in pre-clinical trials.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge James Nutt rejected Drock’s lawsuit last month, saying allowing judges to countermand doctor’s decisions could set a dangerous precedent.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
He urged the Drocks and the hospital to try to reach agreement on their own. A deal fell apart after a doctor agreed to administer ivermectin at a dosage the family’s attorney said was too low, the newspaper reported.
Tenet Healthcare, which owns the hospital, did not respond to messages seeking comment, the paper reported.
Ryan Drock, who also was infected but recovered from COVID, told the Post he’s not giving up.
“I’m hoping they name a law after her so no one has to go through this,” Drock said. “If she had walked out of the hospital she could have had the medication.”MORE NEWS: Police Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Suspect At Florida Institute of Technology
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