Maine Monitor’s analysis of disciplinary action shows that a Maine doctor accused of a COVID-19-related offense is one of all cases raised by the state’s Medical and Osteopathic Licensing Commission since March 2020. It turned out to be less than 10%.
The Maine Medical Licensing Commission and the Osteopathic Licensing Commission have taken more than 70 public actions, ranging from license suspensions to consent agreements, in 65 disciplinary cases from March 2020 to earlier this month.
These included directly addressing COVID-19-related issues, including prescribing unapproved drugs to treat COVID-19 and improperly issuing medical exemptions to health care workers who do not comply with state vaccination requirements. There were only four cases involving three doctors.
Among those doctors is Ellsworth’s internist, Dr. Meryl Nath, who is fighting the charges against her. A medical board suspended her in January 2022 for charges including her prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
Several national and international health agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization, have ruled out using these two drugs (both antiparasitics) to treat COVID-19. I am warning you. 19.
In April 2020, the Maine Medical and Osteopathic Licensing Commission Joint statement Improperly prescribing hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or azithromycin, an antibiotic commonly marketed as a Z-Pak, to treat novel coronavirus is an “unprofessional practice” and requires the drug. He said it could endanger other patients.
The former medical board chair was not present at the hearing and cannot comment directly on the Nass case, but this and other cases may be examples of the most “evil behavior” shown by doctors. said to be of high quality.
Louisa Bernhardt, M.D., a retired Waterville-area psychiatrist, spoke of doctors who did their best to treat patients in “unknown circumstances” early in the pandemic and continued treatment after it proved ineffective. He said there was a line between doctors. In 2021, she retired from the medical board for the first time in 10 years and served as chairman the last two times.
“The board does not want to suppress people seeking early treatment, but on the other hand wants people to flee individuals by administering drugs that lack scientific evidence of their effectiveness in treating disease. It means no,’ she said.
Dr. Jeffrey Birkin, a Portland psychiatrist and immediate past president of the Maine Medical Association, said physicians “through the Hippocratic and Maimonidean Oaths are competent, free from misinformation and disinformation, We have a moral obligation to share the best information.” … we need to scrutinize the ideas we have with other doctors and thought leaders to minimize misinformation and disinformation, rather than just running with them. “
Among the expert witnesses Nas called on his behalf was the founder of a fringe organization called the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, which promotes a widely debunked “treatment protocol” for the novel coronavirus. Two people are included.
Nass has claimed in multiple interviews that the board and providers that have filed complaints against her are pursuing her for “perfectly lawful and proper” practices. Among her suspicions is that Nas lied to her pharmacist to get her patients to prescribe hydroxychloroquine.
In an interview after a session last month, Nass misrepresented a patient’s diagnosis because “federal and state agencies acted illegally beyond their authority” to restrict the use of drugs to treat COVID-19. He said he was “forced” to do so.
Boards “try hard to stay out of politics, but some people want to bring politics into the board,” Bernhardt said.
Nass said his legal fees were paid for by the anti-vaccine group Children’s Health Defense, chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The dissemination of information has drawn criticism from mainstream medical experts.
Daily hearings are live-streamed on Children’s Health Defense’s website and YouTube channel, where the live chat is often filled with acrimonious comments directed at board members.
Asked about the attention the board received from Nath’s supporters, Bernhardt said he was “angry.”
“I’m angry about what’s going on, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I feel sorry for the members of the board.”
Barnhart said the commission had worked “very hard” on the Nass case. Mr. Nath’s hearing ended after a sixth full day late last month, 18 months after the board first issued his suspension. Barnhart said the hearing had the most sessions she could remember in her ten years on the board.
The medical board did not respond to a request for comment on Nath’s case.
Nath said last month that if the medical board revoked her license, she would move the case “to a real courtroom and have a real jury”.
“I am willing to go to court and fight as high up as I need to,” she said.
The Osteopathic Licensing Board said in an e-mail that members were not allowed to discuss board-related matters, but that of Dr. Paul Goslin, who ran a Waterville clinic called Patriot Health. In the case, it said it addressed one of the coronavirus-related issues.
In another lawsuit filed by the Osteopathic Board, negative comments by an Augusta doctor about COVID-19 vaccinations were linked to a long list of “unprofessional behavior,” including making religious and political remarks toward patients. was part of the list.
In the November 2021 Notice, immediate license suspensionthe committee reviewed “multiple COVID-19 waiver letters signed by Paul Gosselin … and Dr. said to misinformation It found that doctors engaged in “fraudulent or deceptive conduct,” incompetent practice, and professional conduct “with respect to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
The Maine Department of Health and Human Resources has updated its report. Immunization requirements In November 2021, the new corona virus vaccine will be vaccinated for medical workers. Workers were exempt from this rule if a licensed doctor, nurse, or physician’s assistant provided documentation that vaccination “may not be medically recommended.”
Department of Homeland Security announced last month It said it would remove the COVID-19 vaccine from the list of required immunizations for health workers and instead “encourage voluntary vaccination”.
In June 2022, Majority of osteopathic committees Mr. Goslin voted for failing to properly screen patients for whom he issued waiver letters, to create or maintain proper medical records, and to demonstrate unprofessional conduct in violation of professional standards of conduct.
of board Gosselin was sentenced to one year of probation, during which he had to complete 20 hours of continuing education and pay a $1,000 fine for trial costs. In total, Gosselin’s license was suspended for nearly seven months while the lawsuit was pending. His probation ended in June this year.
Attempts to contact Gosselin through Gosselin’s attorney, F. Ron Jenkins, who lives in Portland, were unsuccessful.
In addition to Gosselin and Nass, a third doctor, a pediatric cardiologist in Lewiston, also faced a board lawsuit for derogatory comments made to patients regarding COVID-19 vaccination. Last November, more than a year after the medical board began filing charges, it ordered a doctor to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. It is unclear whether the doctor complied. His license states he has expired on May 31st.
a Recent Washington Post Articles Nath’s case is one of at least 20 cases nationwide where state medical boards penalized doctors for complaints related to misinformation about the novel coronavirus between January 2020 and June 2023. was included as
“Doctors who endangered the lives of their patients by spreading medical misinformation across the country during the pandemic and its aftermath received little backlash from medical boards in all 50 states,” the paper said. reported.
Luckily in Maine, only a few of the state’s nearly 4,400 licensed doctors have faced COVID-19-related discipline, but the conversation around misinformation has so far. remains equally important, Birkin said.
Nationwide, COVID-19 appears to have spiked in July after a six to seven-month decline, said Dr. Brendan Jackson, CDC’s COVID-19 response manager. told NPR.
“This could be the beginning of the late summer wave,” he says.
In June, the FDA’s advisory panel overseeing vaccination Recommendation Fall tranches of COVID-19 vaccines should be formulated for specific lineages of Omicron variants, and this appears to be ongoing dominant stock in the United States
The study found that bivalent boosters, which became available last fall, “cut more than half the risk of having to visit an emergency department, emergency care facility, or hospital due to COVID-19 for most people. I will. issued by the CDC.
“If you do get sick, you have a very limited number of treatments available,” Birkin said. “And if it feels like old news and it leads to people not getting vaccinated, I think it’s not good. That’s desensitization.”