Hospital Sued Over Deaths Related To COVID-19, Remdesivir
A California hospital is being sued after they prescribed the drug Remdesivir to several COVID-19 patients, some of whom died. Remdesivir is an antiviral medication used to treat the Ebola virus. Now, 14 lawsuits have been filed against the hospital relating to injuries and a lack of informed consent when prescribing the medication to patients. Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that the plaintiffs were never told about the dangerous side effects of the drug, including kidney failure. Further, Remdesivir was tested only once and pulled from the market because the death toll associated with the drug was so high. Again, patients were never told that the drug was suspended after 53% of the patients who took it died. The NIH continues to list Remdesivir as the only drug authorized for COVID-19.
Why is Remdesivir authorized for COVID patients?
Fair question. If the drug killed 53% of the people who tested it for Ebola, why would it be authorized for COVID-19? Well, according to the plaintiffs, it was authorized by the NIH after nine individuals with financial ties to Gilead Sciences, who owned the patent, authorized the drug for COVID-19. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of using human guinea pigs in violation of the Nuremberg Code. Further, it alleges doctors administered the medication even after some patients had declined.
How is Remdesivir administered?
Do you like horror movies? If so, listen to this. A patient goes to the hospital often complaining of something that is not COVID-19. They are told they have COVID-19 and then separated from friends and family. They are told Remdesivir is their only treatment option. They are hooked up to a BiPap machine. Their arms are restrained so that they cannot take the BiPap machine off their face. Their ability to communicate with the outside world is taken away from them. They are not allowed visitors. The patients are usually malnourished and eventually intubated. This lasts for 9 days.
At each step in the process, the hospital is financially incentivized to force patients into the protocol. Each patient under this protocol nets the hospital half a million dollars.
Causes of action
The hospital is being accused of medical malpractice, but further, they are being accused of fraudulent concealment resulting in death. Hospitals are expected to inform patients about the potential dangers of a medication prior to administering the medication. They cannot administer a dangerous medication without informing the patient of the potential side effects. In this case, they actively concealed the dangers of the drug causing death and injury.
This is definitely a lawsuit worth watching since it involves so many different legal theories of liability filed against the same hospital.
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