Alaskan doctor seeks COVID-19 misinformation investigation
The Alaska doctors plan to ask the state medical board to investigate concerns about the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine and other doctors’ treatments.
According to the “Anchorage Daily News”, private practice psychiatrist Merijeanne Moore stated that she drafted this letter out of concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred in Anchorage last month. Concerns about the incident of treatment, which featured prominent vaccine skeptics.
Moore said on Saturday that nearly 100 doctors had signed the letter before she planned to submit it on Tuesday, and there are more possibilities.
The letter said: “We are writing to fear that medical misinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is spreading in Alaska, including doctors.”
The letter added: “We hope that you will investigate this matter seriously, because the American surgeon, the chief medical officer of Alaska, and the three medical professional committees have identified the spread of misinformation as a threat to public health.”
The “Alaska Early Treatment Medicine Summit” held last month invited doctors mainly from other states to participate in the medical community for questioning the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and advocating the use of drugs such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for treatment. criticize.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that it has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The agency also said last year that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus.
“Anchorage Daily News” reported that two Anchorage doctors made speeches at the event. The letter Moore circulated described the involvement of local doctors in the incident as “serious concern.”
Moore said she believes that “the job of the medical committee is to investigate” the claims made at the summit.
The State Medical Council will hold its next meeting on Friday.
All parts of the country are calling on state committees to discipline medical professionals who spread misinformation or false information during the pandemic.
The Alaska Corporation, Commercial, and Professional Licensing Department issued an “information statement” with the State Medical Commission on Monday, stating that the Licensing Commission “can only take action on violations of state law.” It also stated that the department “cannot investigate professional licensees without filing a complaint against a specific provider or multiple providers.”