A Texas hospital has suspended the rights of a doctor who promoted ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment and criticized vaccination orders, saying it was spreading "dangerous and unscientific" information.
Drs. Mary Bowden, an ear, throat and throat doctor at the hospital, was suspended on Friday, Houston Methodist Hospital said in a statement released by NBC News.
That means he no longer has the power to hospitalize or treat patients in the hospital as the investigation continues. The Houston Methodist said he still has rights for less than a year and has never put a patient to bed.
Houston Methodist Hospital.
Houston Methodist Hospital.Aron file of Aaron M. Sprecher / AP
The hospital said it had recently joined medical staff at Houston Methodist and was "using his social media accounts to express his personal and political views on the vaccine and treatment of COVID-19."
Bowden promoted ivermectin, a drug commonly used for worms, as a treatment for Covid several times on his Twitter account, despite public health officials warning of it.
On November 10 he wrote on Twitter, "Ivermectin may not be as deadly as everyone says. Speak up!" He also criticized the vaccination instructions as "incorrect" on his account.
The Food and Drug Administration has not approved or approved ivermectin for use in the prevention or treatment of Covid in humans and has warned against taking any form of animal medicine.
Bowden's views are "dangerous to society" and "show no evidence of reliable medical evidence of Houston Methodist standards," the hospital said in a statement posted on social media.
Bowden told the hospital he had been vaccinated, in line with hospital requirements.
His lawyer, Steve Mitby, said he was not a "vaccine" and had treated more than 2,000 Covid patients, in a statement sent to the Washington Post.
"Like many Americans, Dr. Bowden believes that people should make their own choices and believes that all people, regardless of immunization status, should receive the same high quality health care," he said in a statement. Mitby did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The hospital said it did not deny caring for the patient based on the status of the vaccine.
The Houston Methodist announced in April that all workers should be vaccinated. In total, 153 employees resigned or were fired for failing to meet the June 7 deadline.
Bowden is a recent medical professional who should face punishment for violating Covid guidelines or promoting coronavirus misinformation.
The medical assistant license was suspended last month by the Washington Medical Commission after he allegedly promoted ivermectin as a Covid-19 remedy and described it "without adequate testing for at least one person," WMC said in a statement at the time.
And last month in Connecticut, Drs. Sue McIntosh gave up her medical license after she was accused of signing fake Covid vaccination forms, reports NBC-affiliated company New Britain WVIT.