A British Columbia emergency physician with privileges to assist in hospitals in Alberta said he was relieved of his duties for administering ivermectin to patients at a small hospital in central Alberta. Alberta.
Dr. Daniel Nagase graduated from Dalhousie University in 2004 and worked as an emergency physician for 10 years. In 2015, Nagase continued to practice in rural and underserved communities in Alberta.
Nagase spoke at the Vancouver Art Gallery last Friday for the 75 anniversary of the Nuremberg Code and shared his experience in Rimbey, Alta. hospital while caring for three COVID19 patients in September.
“All of the patients were on oxygen and extremely short of breath. The only drug these patients were taking were steroids, a drug that decreases inflammation but increases the risk of bacterial infection by suppressing the immune system, ”Nagase said.
Speaking to patients, Nagase suggested they try ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that has been blacklisted for the treatment of COVID-19 but has shown promise in recent ongoing studies.
“All three patients wanted to try ivermectin,” Nagase said.
Nagase could not find any at the hospital and said the Red Deer Hospital Central Pharmacy “refused to send ivermectin” saying it was “unnecessary for COVID.”
He was then contacted by Dr. Gerald Lazarenko, Provincial Medical Director of Pharmacy Services for Alberta Health Services (AHS) who “insisted that ivermectin had no place in the treatment of COVID.”
In the meantime, Nagase says he’s contacted the local pharmacy for ivermectin and started his three patients on hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug approved to treat autoimmune diseases.
“I also started taking vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc,” said Nagase, who added that he gave them inhalers of salbutamol and Flovent as well as the antibiotic Azithromycin.
Nagase said that by late afternoon the town pharmacist was able to acquire ivermectin from an agricultural supply. The pharmacist rechecked and confirmed that the product was exactly the same as that used for humans and Nagase then provided the appropriate dose to his patients based on their weight.
Hours after obtaining the ivermectin, Nagase says he received a call from Dr Jennifer Bestard, the central zone medical director, informing him that he was “prohibited from giving ivermectin to patients.” .
“She said it was a violation of AHS policy to donate ivermectin for COVID.
“But it wasn’t good enough. The next day, she called the hospital and told me 15 minutes in advance that I would be relieved of my duties.
Nagase confirmed an hour later that a local doctor had arrived to replace him.
“They didn’t even want me to check the patients I gave ivermectin to,” he said.
“Not even 24 hours after receiving ivermectin, two of my three patients were almost completely better. They were out of bed and walking around and all the crackling I had heard in their lungs the night before was gone. All it took was about 18 hours and a dose of ivermectin.
Nagase said her third patient, a 95-year-old man, had stayed the same but “hadn’t worsened like she had the night before.”
“I later learned that as soon as I got out of Rimbey hospital, the next doctor who came to replace me stopped the antibiotics, stopped all the vitamins, she even stopped the patient’s inhalers, for the help to breathe.
Nagase has since learned that two of the patients he treated were both discharged from hospital that week.
“No doctor would withdraw antibiotics and inhalers for viral pneumonia, let alone COVID. No doctor would do that to a patient with pneumonia. Unless they were… well, I’ll let you think about it, ”Nagase said in his speech.
Nagase says he was banned from hospital practice across Alberta by AHS chief medical officer Dr. Francois Bélanger. He also said that after filing a complaint against Dr Lazarenko for denying life-saving medicine to patients, “the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons has banned doctors and pharmacists from giving patients ivermectin.” .
“Something bad is going on. Hope you can all see the big picture.
The Western standard contacted AHS for comment on Dr Nagase’s claims and was asked to refer to a statement shared on their Twitter account.
The tweet indicates that AHS is aware of Dr Nagase’s speech and says it does not endorse the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.
“All physicians – including temporary locals – are governed by AHS medical regulations when working in an AHS facility. Under these regulations, all physicians must follow expectations regarding the unapproved use of medical treatment, ”said AHS.
“Provincial regulatory agency requirements for medical personnel must be met. Members of these governing bodies should not provide care that does not meet the expected standards of their profession. “
Melanie Risdon is a reporter at Western Standard