Prisoners claim they got ‘horse dewormer’ as Covid treatment — Analysis
Inmates say they suffered severe side effects and were subject to “medical experimentation”
Four Arkansas county jail inmates have taken legal action after claiming they were given “incredibly high doses” of horse deworming drug ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment without their consent.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint stating that the prisoner were originally told drugs contained vitamins, anti-biotics, and steroids. They only became aware of the true composition of the “Mix of drugs” in July 2021.
The inmates believe Washington County Detention Center staff “Intentionally, and with knowledge” ignored the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) warnings. They said the ivermectin was given “Without prior consent regarding the potential nature, contents or side effects.”
They accused Dr. Robert Karas, who was responsible for jail healthcare, of administering “High doses” that could be dangerous for humans.
According to the complaint, Karas, who for many years “We had a mutually profitable relationship” with local sheriff Tim Helder (who is also listed as a defendant in the case) had begun “Public and private praises for the benefits of Ivermectin are shared.”
Inmates said they suffered side effects “Ivermectin overuse is consistent.” such as vision issues, diarrhea, bloody stools, and stomach pains.
“To add insult to injury, Plaintiffs were subject to the payment of fees for medical examinations they sought after suffering side effects from the Ivermectin treatment,” reads the lawsuit.
The ACLU’s Arkansas legal director, Gary Sullivan, said that “No one, even incarcerated persons, should be tricked or subject to medical experimentation.”
The inmates accused Karas of “Conducting research to [ivermectin’s]It is effective against the disease.”
Karas said in September that 254 prisoners had been given ivermectin for Covid. However, he denied that Karas misled them. He said medics were not initially required to discuss drugs with inmates, but that a “More robust and informed consent forms” was introduced later, AP reported.
Although small doses are allowed to be used for some human conditions, the FDA warned last year that the FDA would not allow the drug to be used as a Covid treatment.
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