West Texas Doctor Bartlett: Is He on to a ‘Silver Bullet’ with Use of Off-Label Inhaled Steroid as COVID-19 Treatment?

West Texas Doctor Flirts with Trouble Making Claims of ‘Silver Bullet’ Off-Label Use of Inhaled Steroid as COVID-19 Treatment

A local West Texas doctor believes he has come up with an approach to effectively treat COVID-19. Dr. Richard Bartlett has practiced medicine in Texas for 28 years, and according to his claims, he advised ex-Governor Rick Perry’s for several years. Dr. Bartlett does a regular weekly radio update on COVID-19 in West Texas. The doctor found himself in hot water for declaring that the treatment of inhaled steroid (ICS) Budesonide is a ‘silver bullet’ for treating COVID-19. TrialSite News responds with a few points here: First, the doctor knows all too well the politics and regulatory considerations of the U.S. healthcare system to make such claims. Second, he is not alone in considering this approach, as world-renowned universities such as England’s Oxford University are also studying this type of regimen. Third, as Dr. Bartlett is part of a movement of community doctors demonstrating practical potential approaches to reducing the severity of the pandemic, any real-world data should be embraced rather than ridiculed, and if promising, rapidly incorporated into research. Fourth, that certain societal forces will pounce on one mistake in messaging in an attempt to tarnish an entir...

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