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In Ohio, the debate over ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 came to a head Aug. 30, when a Butler County judge issued a temporary, 14-day court order requiring UC Health West Chester Hospital to administer the drug to Jeffrey Smith, a 51-year-old Hamilton man who’d contracted COVID-19 in early July.

As reported in the New York Post, Smith was admitted to the hospital a week later and “treated with the hospital’s COVID-19 protocol, which included plasma, steroids and doses of remdesivir.”* (See information regarding remdesivir at the end of this piece.)

Lisa Murtha has worked 25 years as a freelance journalist nationwide and won multiple awards. In 2021 she was named “Best Freelance Writer” by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Lisa is a contributing journalist to The Ohio Press Network.

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