Sen Ron Johnson Introduces Bill To Keep Government Out Of Doctors’ Offices
Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson introduced legislation Wednesday that would prevent federal agencies from interfering with doctors’ rights to treat patients.
The Right To Treat Act which was cosponsored by Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun and Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee would keep any federal agency from having the authority to regulate the practice of medicine and prevent any federal law, rule, regulation, or policy from restricting the distribution of FDA approved drugs or a Right to Try drug.
Several other countries have experimented with off label drugs to prevent or treat COVID-19. The drug Ivermectin has been used in Japan and the U.K. In early February, a Japanese pharmaceutical company found that Ivermectin had an “antiviral effect” against COVID-19.
The drug has not been approved by the FDA for treating COVID-19 but made news after podcaster Joe Rogan said he took the drug to battle COVID-19 when he was infected. Some doctors say the ivermectin works in treating the virus but the FDA does not recommend taking the drug to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Johnson’s office said that at least 13 state legislatures are considering or have already passed bills to protect the physicians’ off-label prescribing rights.
“The pandemic exposed the fact that many doctors no longer call the shots when it comes to treating patients, the COVID Cartel does. The COVID Cartel includes the Biden Administration, federal health agencies, Big PHARMA, mainstream media, and Big Tech,” Johnson said.
“The Right to Treat Act would ensure that federal health agencies return to their proper functions of gathering and providing public health data and regulating drug safety – not telling doctors how to practice medicine,” he continued.
Johnson argued that a large number of people died from COVID-19 because federal health agencies dictated what the American people should or should not take for COVID-19 instead of their own doctors.
“Because federal health agencies sabotaged the early treatment of COVID-19 using widely available and safe generic drugs, an untold number of people needlessly died from COVID-19. Americans and doctors should have the freedom to use fully approved drugs without fear of reprisal. It’s time to once again let doctors be doctors and allow them to fully practice medicine,” Johnson added.