I have a personal coincidence with this story. Just this week I had a Medicare “wellness consultation” with one of the residents at the EVMS clinic I use for primary care. When it came time in the course of the standardized interview for me to ask any questions I might have, I asked whether it might be wise for me to stock up on Ivermectin in case I might need it this winter.
The resident said it might be wise because Ivermectin shortages are common, but also that Ivermectin is not approved for use outside of in-hospital care.
When I asked whether Ivermectin might be part of the Covid-19 treatment his clinic offers he said it was possible, but not a certainty. He was clearly unwilling to talk about treatment options in the absence of being admitted to the hospital.
My takeaway from the conversation is that stockpiling a bit of Ivermectin on my own might be useful to the extent I am willing to self-diagnose and self-medicate. But I am pretty sure I would make a lousy doctor for my own care.
I feel like there is no one to help me, even for a price. If I had a stash of medically acceptable Ivermectin my doctor wouldn’t care about it, or couldn’t care about it given the rules he must operate under. If I came down with Covid-19, my stash would be officially off limits, even to the point of my death.
I suspect that EVMS sensitivity on this issue is due in part to Dr. Marik’s lawsuit.