On December 8, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing formally titled, “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II.” The focus of the hearing was testimony from frontline physicians as to underutilized treatments, including ivermectin. TrialSite previously offered an editorial view of the hearing in which we took ranking Democrat Senator Gary Peters to task for unfounded attacks on the doctor witnesses. Mainstream media reported on criticisms of some of the witnesses’ views prior to the hearing, but was largely silent afterwards. One outlet that did cover the actual hearings is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from December 8. The hearing was chaired by Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and included physicians who promoted alternative COVID-19 treatments and who accused “organized medicine” of suppressing their use. Pulmonary specialist Pierre Kory of the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Wisconsin testified that ivermectin is a “wonder drug” in this pandemic. “We are telling the world this is the solution to COVID-19,” offered Dr. Kory. Other witnesses touted HCQ, in spite of the FDA’s revocation of its EUA over the summer.
Democrat Accuses Doctors of “Playing Politics”
According to the witnesses called by committee chairman Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, some in the medical establishment and public agencies are derelict for not researching and promoting cheap, repurposed drugs for early intervention in COVID-19 cases. “They’re safe and they’re cheap and they just might be incredibly effective,” offered Johnson, who also said that, “tens of thousands of people have lost their lives” as authorities have focused on finding a new and expensive “silver bullet.” Some Democrats (who did not attend in the main), called the hearing “anti-science” and prior to it a group of experts argued, “We are facing a dangerous barrage of misinformation that ignores evidence and dismisses the scientific process, undermining our national response and belief in science.” The aforementioned Senator Peters said that the committee hearing was, “playing politics with public health—-I very much regret that in times of need Americans cannot turn to this committee for sound guidance.” Notably, Peters, “appeared at the hearing to read his opening statement and then declined to participate further.”
Dr. Pierre Kory: Ivermectin is a Wonder Drug
Also on December 8, another smaller outlet weighed in on the committee’s hearing. Newswise cited witness Dr. Pierre Kory, who is president of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and who called for swift review and utilization of ivermectin, the anti-parasite drug which TrialSite has covered extensively. Failing to use this drug means that, “It will all be needless death from here on out, given that there is a readily available scientific solution to the pandemic.” Kory noted that available data shows that ivermectin can prevent COVID-19 when given as a prophylactic, stop the progression of symptoms in early phases of the disease, and also help the critically ill recover. He said that ivermectin is essentially a “miracle drug” for the pandemic and urged NIH, CDC, and the FDA, “to urgently review the latest data and then issue guidelines for physicians, nurse-practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe Ivermectin for Covid-19.” Kory argues that the FLCCC Alliance has put together evidence that “far exceeds” what is needed for a compassionate use authorization from FDA.
FLCCC Alliance Pleads for FDA to Review Literature
Dr. Kory points out that Remdesivir received an EUA with less evidence and a, “much, much higher cost.” He went on, “Why can’t it happen for ivermectin given this level of evidence? How many more trials have to be done when our manuscript details results from over 20 studies— with over ten of them randomized controlled trials? We are in a pandemic, we are at war, stop pretending this is peacetime where we are conducting business as usual. The NIH must rapidly review the data and make a recommendation.” And the FLCCC has actually been prevented from sharing their information due to Facebook and other social media shutting down their web pages. The Alliance held a press conference is Houston on December 4, yet no major media reported on this plea for our government to act. Dr. Kory says, “All we ask is for the NIH, the CDC, and the FDA to conduct a rapid review of the literature reviewed in this presentation and provide guidance to the country’s health care providers—-If we do nothing, the present trend will continue. History will judge. The American people will cry for answers or will praise the courage of those elected to represent their interest.”