Covid US: Maine doctor who treated patients with Ivermectin has license suspended

MIT-educated anti-vaxxer doctor who treated COVID patients with Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine has her license suspended and must undergo psychiatric evaluation ‘for spreading misinformation’

  • Dr Meryl Ness, 70, had her medical license suspended in Maine over COVID misinformation
  • Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine voted to have Ness, who has been practicing medicine for four decades, undergo psychiatric evaluation 
  • Ness is accused of prescribing COVID patients animal anti-parasite drug Ivermectin and malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine 
  • Some patients ended up in the hospital, one of them having to be intubated 
  • She also prescribed Hydroxychloroquine to a pregnant COVID patient 
  • Ness admitted to the board that she lied to a pharmacist that her patient had Lyme disease to obtain Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID 
  • MIT-educated internist is affiliated with anti-vaxx group and has called CDC a ‘criminal agency’  

A medical board in Maine has suspended the license of an MIT-educated doctor who was accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and treating some of her patients with Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.

Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine voted last week to conduct a deeper investigation into Dr Meryl Nass, from Ellsworth. The board also voted to suspend her license for 30 days and have her undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The board stated in its January 12 order that allowing Nass to continue practicing medicine ‘constitutes an immediate jeopardy to the health and physical safety of the public who might receive her medical services.’ 

Nass, 70, is an internist who is active in Children’s Health Defense, a group that agitates against vaccines and vaccine mandates.

The MIT-educated veteran internist has been railing against vaccines on her blog and on social media

Dr Meryl Ness, 70, last week had her medical license suspended in Maine for 30 days for allegedly spreading COVID misinformation

The medical board has received at least two complaints that Nass was spreading misinformation about the virus on her blog and on Twitter. 

Nass’ suspension also stems from treating her COVID-stricken patients with Ivermectin, which is an anti-parasite drug used predominantly for animals, and with Hydroxychloroquine, even though the Food and Drug Administrator had revoked an emergency use authorization for the latter because it may not be effective against the virus.

On December 19, 2021, another doctor inform the Maine board that Nass had diagnosed an unvaccinated patient with COVID over the phone and prescribed to him five days of Ivermectin.

The patient’s son later texted Nass, telling her his father was ‘borderline delirious. He moans on every exhale and he says says snippers of things that don’t make sense at all,’ read the text, which was quoted in Ness’ suspension order. 

The son informed the internist that both his parents were ‘not doing well at all.’

He added: ‘My dad’s breathing is very shallow and when he tries to breathe deeply he begins to cough violently. I don’t see any signs of improvement. When do i need to consider taking him to the ER? Should we be taking more ivermectin?’

In another case, Ness self-reported to the medical board that she had lied to a pharmacist that her patient had Lyme disease in order to obtain hydroxychloroquine to treat his COVID, saying ‘this was the only way to get a potentially life-saving drug for my patient.’

Ness' practice in Ellworth, Maine, is currently closed because of her 30-day suspension

Ness’ practice in Ellworth, Maine, is currently closed because of her 30-day suspension 

Nass also referred to her conversation with the pharmacist during a Zoom meeting with members of the Maine State Legislature, telling them: ‘I lied and said the patient had Lyme disease and so the pharmacist dispended the medication only because I lied…’

The COVID patient, who had multiple comorbidities, ultimately had to be hospitalized and intubated. He was discharged from the hospital 20 days later.

On New Year’s Eve, the board received a report from a certified midwife nurse, who informed its members that one of her pregnant patients contracted COVID earlier last year and had been prescribed Hydroxychloroquine by Nass.

Nass, who has degrees from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Mississippi Medical School, has practiced medicine for four decades and in recent years has been increasingly critical about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, including ones for COVID-19.

Nass wrote in a blog post recently that her lawyer predicted she would lose her licenses during the medical board’s meeting, Maine Public reported.

She has also blogged that COVID-19 vaccines are associated with reproductive harm. No recognized medical body has substantiated that claim, which is oft repeated in anti-vaxx circles. 

Nass has also described the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a ‘criminal agency.’

Nass’ medical license is suspended until February 11, pending a yet-to-be scheduled hearing.  


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