ARS TECHNICA – More doctors across the country are pushing back against fringe members of the medical community for spreading COVID-19 misinformation and touting unproven treatments.
Over the weekend, nearly 100 physicians in Alaska signed onto a letter urging the state medical board to investigate doctors in the state who have promoted vaccine skepticism and pushed unproven treatments, namely the antiparasitic drug ivermectin and the antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
Merijeanne Moore, a private-practice psychiatrist in Anchorage, told Anchorage Daily News that she wrote the letter in response to an event last month called Alaska Early Treatment Medical Summit.
The event featured prominent out-of-state vaccine skeptics as well as at least two Anchorage doctors steeped in vaccine skepticism and misinformation.
The involvement of local doctors is of “grave concern,” Dr. Moore wrote. She quoted prominent medical associations who stated that “providing misinformation about a lethal disease” is “unethical, unprofessional and dangerous.”
Dr. Leslie Gonsette is an internal medicine hospitalist and among the dozens of Alaska doctors who signed onto Moore’s letter. She told AND she was concerned by the involvement of local doctors.
“It’s very shocking to see that the very people that are supposed to care for our community are actually pushing this agenda and indirectly actually causing deaths,” Gonsette said.
A website associated with the summit posted a response to Moore’s letter, blasting the doctor’s concerns.
The unsigned post reads:
“Our own good doctors are now under attack from the establishment doctors who are attempting to take medical licenses away through the Alaska Medical Board,”
“These providers promote the current so called ‘best practices’ that leave few options other than COVID vaccines and if sick enough, hospitalization” … READ MORE.