Texas State Senator Champions Freedom to Use Off-Label COVID Treatments - Texas Scorecard

State Sen. Bob Hall is doubling down on his support for doctors and patients using off-label treatments to fight COVID.

In response to a query by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Attorney General Douglas Peterson issued an opinion on the use of off-label hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin in early intervention for COVID-19 cases. Peterson found that “the available data does not justify filing disciplinary actions against physicians simply because they prescribe ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.”

Physicians across the country have been threatened with charges for utilizing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in the early treatment and prevention of COVID-19. Pharmacies have refused to fill prescriptions for ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Despite years of research indicating ivermectin is safe for human use and has a variety of uses, it has been written off as a “horse medicine” by certain American agencies and news organizations.

Hydroxychloroquine has not been subjected to quite as much skepticism, but it similarly fell under the label of off-brand use in COVID-19 prevention and was also addressed by Peterson.

Hall has forwarded copies of Peterson’s findings to the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Board of Nursing, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

An ardent supporter of medical freedom throughout the pandemic, Hall recently spoke out in support of a fourth special session to address vaccine mandates.