Decades ago, the trial lawyers took on Big Tobacco and won a whole series of major lawsuits that fundamentally changed the legal landscape in America. Right now, all across the country, a similar wave of lawsuits against Big Pharma – based on its complicity in creating the opioid crisis is producing massive judgments almost every month.
Which begs the question – where are the trial lawyers now when it comes to COVID??
Exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic got started remains unclear, although it appears increasingly clear it came out of a lab in China. Regardless of how the pandemic began, however, it seems apparent that early on Big Pharma recognized a golden opportunity. COVID was going to spread worldwide. A vaccine brought quickly enough to market might be worth trillions.
But there was a problem. There were available, cheap, generic drugs that could be used to treat COVID – hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. They had to be discredited. A fast, emergency use approval of a vaccine was legally dependent on the predicate that no effective treatments for the disease existed.
So, the full force of the cancel culture had to be deployed. The social media giants, the corporate media and the lapdogs in the government “regulatory” agencies had to work in concert.
In June 2020 the FDA revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) for hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 making it illegal for doctors to prescribe it or pharmacies to fill those prescriptions.
On July 1, 2020, the FDA published a report claiming to have identified safety issues connected to the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – run by Dr. Fauci – followed suit and recommended against the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization’s Guideline Development Group (GDG) expert panel made a “strong recommendation” that hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent COVID-19 and said the drug has no meaningful effect on patients already infected.
The American Medical Association issued a joint position statement with the American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists urging caution about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
When President Trump expressed hope that hydroxychloroquine might be an effective treatment for COVID he was ridiculed. Darren Dahly, a statistician at the University College Cork School of Public Health, said such claims were “egregious.” “This is insane!” tweeted Gaetan Burgio, an Australian National University expert on drug resistance. Only Neanderthals would believe such claims.
Ivermectin was similarly savaged.
The FDA issued guidance reminding people that ivermectin was not approved for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. The guidance claimed Ivermectin was dangerous and could cause serious harm. It also specifically stated that Ivermectin was not an anti-viral drug and could not be used to treat viruses like COVID-19.
“You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death.”
In February of this year, YouTube took the extraordinary step of removing two videos from its platform which showed testimony before the United States Senate. The testimony in question involved positive test results showing that Ivermectin was effective in treating COVID.
The tsunami of attacks on both drugs continued month after month.
It worked, for the time being. But the facts will out. The lies began to be exposed and the evidence is now overwhelming. None of this was true. Two very effective drugs, which could have been of incredible utility in combatting COVID were banned from use without any medical or scientific justification.
Hydroxychloroquine is a medicine that is FDA-approved to treat arthritis and to treat or prevent malaria. Study after study has shown that hydroxychloroquine is safe.
Hydroxychloroquine is also undeniably effective in treating COVID. The principal article attacking the drug, published in the journal Lancet, has now been retracted. An international poll of doctors rated hydroxychloroquine the best treatment for COVID.
Former U.S. President Trump said last March that hydroxychloroquine could be a “game-changer” in the coronavirus pandemic. He also said he was taking it himself, even after the FDA advised that its efficacy and safety were unproven. Trump was right.
The Henry Ford Health System, based in Detroit, found treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and without dangerous side effects.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) found that hydroxychloroquine had a 91.6% chance of helping COVID patients. The AAPS also found that the drug decreased the number of days that a patient was contagious, reduced the need for ventilators, and shortened the time to clinical recovery.
These are representative studies only. The evidence is literally overwhelming that hydroxychloroquine is safe and effective and should be used early on in the treatment of COVID patients.
Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug. It has been widely used for many years. The World Health Organization (WHO) includes it on its lists of essential medicines. Numerous studies have shown that it is associated with improved health outcomes in both COVID-symptomatic patients and those using the drug as a preventive therapy.
An October 2020 study found that Ivermectin inhibits replication of SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Eight hundred healthcare workers were administered Ivermectin as a preventative medication and none contracted SARS-CoV-2. Among the additional 400 healthcare workers that were not treated with Ivermectin, 237 individuals, or 58% of the group, were infected with the virus.
In all of the 19 randomized control trials published to date Ivermectin use has resulted in positive effects, including shorter hospital stays and lower mortality rates. Thirty-seven published studies of Ivermectin use either as early treatment or prophylaxis, all reported positive results.
The evidence is clear. Ivermectin is not a miracle cure for COVID. It is safe, effective and should most definitely be used by physicians in treating patients infected by the virus. There is no medical reason whatsoever to prohibit its use.
What all this means is that a great many people died who need not have. It also means that many more people who are now suffering long-term COVID impacts could have been treated. Their long-term health issues, particularly lung damage are the direct result of withholding safe, effective, and cheap medications.
This is legally and ethically indefensible. No physician in the United States can possibly defend a decision to refuse treatment and willfully aggravate the health condition of a patient. Every doctor who did so is living on borrowed time in terms of medical malpractice lawsuits
So, where are the civil litigators? When will they recognize that as with tobacco and opioids there are billions of dollars to be made?
There are some indications that things are beginning to shift. Some civil litigators are now beginning to advertise that they will represent clients who are the victims of medical malpractice because of mistakes that were made in their treatment for COVID. At some point presumably, the floodgates will open. The prospects of massive legal judgments will be too great.
Still, while the cases involving cigarettes and opioids may offer some hope that justice will be served, they also are cautionary tales. The truth is that Big Tobacco was not destroyed, and Big Pharma is bigger than ever. The judgments rendered in lawsuits against these giant corporate entities may have been massive, but they were easily paid out of the profits made in poisoning America.
Big Pharma is contemplating creating a multi-billion dollar fund out of which opioid crisis judgments and settlements will be paid. The amount in question seems almost inconceivably large, but the truth is it is only a tiny fraction of what the pharmaceutical giants made poisoning America.
The same will likely be true in the case of COVID. Big Pharma’s profits from selling vaccines to a planet to combat a disease that could have largely been defeated with cheap, generic drugs will dwarf anything that has come before. The trial bar may win its judgments, but in the end, it will still be giant drug companies that profit.