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October 08, 2021

The Morning Rant

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"THIS IS NOT THE DRUG YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. MOVE ALONG."

Thanks to commenter Moron Robbie for pointing me to this document from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services concerning the "off-label" prescribing of medications (meaning, I think, prescribing meds for what they're not normally prescribed for) in particular, prescribing ivermectin for treatment of Covid-19.

Why are they so concerned with this? Because first the document says:

While we recognize that off-label prescribing is a common practice...

OK, so it's not like prescribing ivermectin for Covid-19 is some new thing that's completely unprecedented, right? It sounds like something that, in any other circumstances, wouldn't cause anyone to even raise an eyebrow over.

But, for some reason, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is really, really concerned with the off-label use of Ivermectrin. Why?

The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals.

Current data are inconclusive whether ivermectin is effective against prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Clinical trials are in progress to determine what clinical benefit, if any, ivermectin may offer in treating COVID-19.

To which I say, so what? And we have to ask the question: are we in a pandemic, or not? Because we damn near shut down the entire country and permanently clos thousands of small businesses because of this virus and now suddenly we have to wait years to get approval to use a potentially life-saving drug? Really?

Doc: You're dying.

Patient: Can I try this off label use medicine?

Doc: No, because it might kill you.

Patient: But it's been used safely for decades.

Doc: Sorry, you have no right to try things that might keep you alive if I say otherwise.
(h/t Physics Geek)

Taking large doses of ivermectin, even if prescribed, can be dangerous.

Well, duh. Taking large doses of pretty much any drug can be dangerous. If I swallow an entire bottle of Tylenol, it might destroy my liver. Why is the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services all of a sudden concerned about this particular drug?

Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.

So have you brainiacs at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ever asked yourselves why this should be a problem? Why are people suddenly showing up at farm supply stores and buying up all of the available ivermectin? Why are people passing around dosing charts for the ivermectin paste, and how to use it safely? Why are people driving down to Mexico and buying it over-the-counter and bringing it back to sell or give to their friends and family? See, right now, due to your ham-handed attempts at suppression, cancelling, and censorship, there's a quite an ivermectin black market that has developed. And you numbskulls helped to create it. See, anytime there's a black market, it means that there's a problem with the actual market.

Current data are inconclusive whether ivermectin is effective against prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Clinical trials are in progress to determine what clinical benefit, if any, ivermectin may offer in treating COVID-19.

Again, this goes back to my question, are we in a pandemic or not? It we're in a pandemic, the urgency of the moment suggests we should do a little "outside the box" thinking here and go beyond what the prissy CDC thinks is kosher. If a doctor is treating sick patients, the last thing he wants to do is wait for an OK from a government bureaucrat.

You're telling us to wait on the CDC, however long that takes? That means the pandemic isn't as serious as you claim it is, what with people dying because they have to wait until their lips turn blue before the hospitals will treat them and all. No out-patient treatment? Shut up, peasant.

The point is, we don't know what works. So it's ridiculous to restrict a doctor's right to prescribe a medication off-label and patient's right to try.

COVID-19 vaccination is approved by FDA and is the safest and most effective way to prevent getting sick and protect against severe disease and death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

I'll tell you this: I think people are getting fed up with this "getting a vaccine is the only acceptable preventative option for Covid-19, so get jabbed and shut up" line. Especially when there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that some treatment protocols are effective, like HCQ and IVM. But doctors won't prescribe it, and when you find one that will, the pharmacy won't dispense it. That's when you know something weird is going on.

Also, and I'm going to sound like a Bernie bro here, but I think the main reason they're discouraging HCQ and IVM is because they're relatively inexpensive and available in generic form. I predict that the only treatment options the government will approve are the antivirals currently in clinical trials. Because patentable. I think Merck and Pfizer each have one in the works It seems that the number one priority of the government right now as far as Covid is concerned is not public health, but the profits of Big Pharma. Shut up, Bernie. Yes, I know you found a nut, but you're still a blind squirrel. Dumb, too.

Which reminds me, anyone else remember when Big Pharma testified in Congress that the danger of addiction to oxycontin would be minimal? Good times, good times.

One last thing, Moron Robbie also linked to a PowerPoint presentation of this study, Effectiveness of mRNA Vaccines Against the Delta Variant Among 5.6M Medicate Patients 65 Years and Older, and it's refreshing to see see some actual science.




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Wednesday Who Dis: The story of Jan Michael Vincent is a sad one. Years of out-of-control boozing, plus a vehicle accident, took their toll on his body and mind. He ended up crazy and legless and looking sort of like a deranged hippie before he finally died. (h/t TrivialPursuer, although Vincent wasn't "legless", he had just lost one of his legs below the knee due to some arterial disease. He was pretty messed up, though.) I'm actually surprised he lived as long as he did -- 74 years. He starred with model-turned-actress Kim Basinger in the 1981 drama Hard Country.



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