South Dakota Republicans do love to play doctor. Yesterday, seven Republicans who are not medical doctors ignored the advice of South Dakota’s actual doctors and medical experts and approved House Bill 1267, Representative Phil Jensen’s witch-doctoring proposal to allow health care practitioners to hand out ivermectin without a prescription.
Tim Rave, lobbyist for the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, actually said ivermectin kinda works against covid-19, but only in doses strong enough to kill you:
Tim Rave, executive director for the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, said ivermectin works but at dangerously high levels.
“The therapeutic dose for ivermectin in COVID-2 according to the NIH study is a hundred times the dose a human should have. At that level it destroys your liver and kidneys. So it will destroy the COVID cell but it will also destroy your liver and kidneys,” he said. He added, “We don’t know that it works in a therapeutic level safe for human beings on COVID-2” [Bob Mercer, “S.D. House to Debate Ivermectin for Covid-19,” KELO-TV, 2022.02.10].
Even there, lobbyist Rave overstates the case for ivermectin. The National Institutes for Health summarize the clinical data available from around the world and find no evidence of clinical benefit from ivermectin. Studies claiming benefits have been found rife with errors. And the last people qualified to analyze scientific data and prescribe medical interventions are Phil Jensen and his fellow yahoo Republicans, who are happy to ban abortion drugs that the FDA says are safe while promoting horse-worm drugs that the FDA says are not safe for people with coronavirus.
Even so, HB 1267 barely passed, as four sensible Republicans—Representatives Carl Perry, Taylor Rehfeldt, Sydney Davis, and Paul Miskimins—joined House Health and Human Services’ two Democrats—Representatives Jennifer Keintz and Erin Healy—in standing for doctors and science and standing against right-wing flailings for any excuse not to take sensible and scientifically proven measures like getting shots, wearing masks, and not going to big social gatherings to beat the pandemic.