A Manhattan judge has refused to grant an emergency order forcing Mount Sinai Hospital to treat a COVID hospital patient with Ivermectin.
Erika Quintero-Sherry sued the hospital on January 26 in an attempt to compel them to treat her husband Benjamin Chernyavsky, a father of five, with the drug. She argued that he has been on “death’s doorstep” since he contracted the virus last month and nothing else has worked.
“Following two days of hearings in the case last week, including testimony from two Mount Sinai doctors, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lynn Kotler said she wouldn’t grant the emergency request to force the hospital’s staff to administer the risky drug based on Quintero-Sherry’s ‘paltry’ evidence and going against Chernyavsky’s treating doctor’s recommendations, as well as the recommendations from the medical community at large,” the New York Post reports.
On Tuesday, Kotler ruled against Quintero-Sherry.
“Plaintiff would have this court order defendants to administer an unapproved treatment to her husband against defendants’ medical opinion rendered in the independent exercise of their professional judgment,” Kotler’s decision said. “Indeed, the record reveals that if prescribed ivermectin, Mr. Chernyavsky’s condition may very well worsen.”
“The prevailing view in the medical community … is that ivermectin should not be prescribed,” Kotler said.
The post reports that she noted, “that is the opinion of the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many other medical associations.”
“Plaintiff’s paltry showing is insufficient to overcome the mountain of evidence showing that ivermectin is not presently safe or effective in the treatment of COVID-19,” Kotler continued.
A doctor from Mount Sinai had testified that Chernyavsky no longer has COVID and must “now must recover from the effects the disease has had on his body and organs.”
“Mount Sinai is committed to providing the highest quality care to all of our patients and uses evidence-based data in our clinical decision-making,” a hospital spokesperson said in a statement. “We are pleased with the judge’s decision to sustain the decisions of our clinicians to refrain from using ivermectin for treatment of COVID -19.”
“Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe nor effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, and the FDA has not authorized or approved this treatment for this use,” the statement continued.