A doctor in Mississippi was recently fired after trying to treat Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) patients with ivermectin, a medication that has been approved for use in humans by the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. John Witcher, an emergency room physician for the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Yazoo City, gained notoriety in September when he started Mississippi Against Mandates, an organization composed of nine physicians and health freedom advocates who are against hospitals forcing their employees to get vaccinated.

Mississippi Against Mandates has been accused of circulating “COVID vaccine misinformation” by putting up online advertisements, purchasing billboards that warn people about the risks of getting vaccinated and holding protests.

“We grouped together and we started protesting,” said Witcher at the time. “Took to the streets and had rallies and whatnot.”

On Friday, Dec. 10, Witcher was working at Baptist Memorial when three new COVID-19 patients arrived. They were prescribed the toxic drug remdesivir, but Witcher informed other doctors that he had concerns about the drug. 

“I was there at the hospital for three days straight in the ER and so I felt like this would be a good opportunity to try ivermectin on these inpatient patients that I had been following very closely and just see how well it worked,” said Witcher.

He said he had never used ivermectin on any of his patients before, but felt that it would be the best time to try the drug.

“There’s a first time for everything, but I wouldn’t say it was experimental,” said Witcher. “There’s been plenty of evidence with patients right here in Mississippi who have taken ivermectin, and they’ve done well.”

“My first priority is to take care of patients,” he added. “I don’t want to do any harm, and I want to do the best for my patients with the resources I have.”

The hospital refused to provide ivermectin for the COVID-19 patients. Witcher had to call a local pharmacy, which delivered the drug to the hospital. Witcher then switched the prescriptions of the COVID-19 patients from remdesivir to ivermectin.

“I was aware I was going against the hospital policy on ivermectin, but I still felt like, as the treating physician of these patients, that I had the option,” he said.

Witcher immediately fired and his patients put back on remdesivir

Baptist Memorial Hospital administrators quickly found out that Witcher gave his patients life-saving COVID-19 medication. He was immediately “told not to come back.”

“I was very surprised that I was basically told not to come back at the end of the day,” said Witcher. “These patients were under my direct care, and so I felt like taking them off remdesivir and putting them on ivermectin was the right thing to do at the time.”

Following Witcher’s firing, Baptist Memorial sent out a statement: “Dr. Jonathan Witcher no longer practices medicine as an independent physician at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Yazoo… Baptist Memorial Hospital follows the standards of care recommended by the scientific community and our medical team in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. These include the COVID-19 vaccine and monoclonal antibody treatment, which have proven to be safe and effective in severely reducing illness from the virus and saving countless lives.”

Before his dismissal, Witcher was in the second year of a three-year contract with Baptist Memorial. He now has “no control” over the patients he used to care for and the hospital won’t even let him on their premises or log on the hospital’s online administrative system.

Witcher added that he believes the three patients were put back on remdesivir. “I’m concerned about that. I would like to have access to those patients,” he said.

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