Man dies after judge forces clinic to use unproven COVID treatment

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies warn that chlorine dioxide, touted as a “miracle cure” online, can be hazardous to human health if consumed. The developers of the therapy said it reduces mortality by 45 percent. A man shows bottles of chlorine dioxide he purchased at a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, July 17, 2020. Dico Solis/AP

The FDA has warned that consumption of chlorine dioxide products can “jeopardize a person’s health,” have no proven effectiveness against COVID-19, and have been known to cause respiratory and liver failure among other ill effects. “It is not the decision of a judge to administer a medication he does not know to a patient. Man dies after judge forces clinic to use unproven COVID treatment

January 12, 2021 / 8:44 AM

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Buenos Aires — An Argentinian judge compelled a private clinic to administer chlorine dioxide, used as a powerful disinfectant, to a coronavirus patient who died Monday in a case medical doctors have labelled “a scandal.” The U.S. The clinic unsuccessfully appealed against the ruling, and gave the man the substance while stressing it would not bear responsibility for any negative outcome. The serum developed by biotech company Inmunova was tested on patients in 18 hospitals for the clinical trial phase, and will now be distributed to hospitals and clinics under a special licence granted by Argentina’s ANMAT medicines watchdog. In the wake of President Trump suggesting that disinfectants might be injected to treat COVID-19, a number of Americans were hospitalized for ingesting cleaning agents, and at least three people were charged with criminal offenses for selling chlorine-based products as remedies for the disease. The patient, a 92-year-old man who was in critical condition from the virus, died Monday, the family’s lawyer confirmed. Inmunova director Fernando Goldbaum said the serum helps patients by suppressing viral proliferation, giving the body time to muster its own defensive system. First published on January 12, 2021 / 8:44 AM Argentina announced Monday it would roll out a new COVID-19 therapy, developed by scientists locally, using serum extracted from horses that developed antibodies after being injected with coronavirus proteins. The Pan American Health Organization, the Argentine Society of Infectology and the country’s National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices have also issued warnings against the use of chlorine products to treat COVID-19. It is not his role.” Ignacio Maglio, a lawyer for the Argentinian health NGO Fundacion Huesped, said the case amounted to judicial overreach, a “judicial aberration and a scandal.” Chlorine dioxide is used to disinfect medical and laboratory equipment, to treat water at low concentrations, or as a bleach. The Argentine Biological Institute laboratory is producing some 12,000 treatments per month, according to a press statement. Social media spreads COVID-19 misinformation


The judge ruled that giving the treatment threatened no “serious harm” to the clinic, but could, conversely, “avoid the worsening” of the patient’s condition. Medical doctors have lambasted the decision.”Judicial aberration and a scandal””For a judge to decide that a doctor has to administer a substance for which there is no scientific evidence is really worrying, especially when it is in intravenous form,” said Omar Sued, president of the Argentine Society of Infectology. Long lines formed every morning in Cochabamba as people waited to buy the toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and myriad other diseases. Argentina, with a population of 44 million, has registered more than 1.7 million cases of coronavirus and almost 44,500 deaths. Trump scales back daily briefings


A judge granted the request the same day and ordered the Otamendi y Miroli clinic in Buenos Aires to administer the substance, prescribed by the patient’s doctor. The stepson of the patient brought a legal bid last Thursday, the day after his mother died of COVID-19, for the compound to be given to her critically ill husband. The family’s lawyer told the television channel C5N that his client will sue the Otamendi clinic as they consider it responsible for the patient’s death, because it “delayed the treatment.” “The man died of an in-hospital infection and because of the delay in treatment,” the lawyer said.