GOP reps introduce bill to expand access to ivermectin, other debunked covid cures

BY: - April 22, 2022

Several Ohio House Republicans have revived efforts to expand COVID-19 patients’ access to ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, and other drugs that have been shown to be ineffective in treating the disease. The legislation would compel health departments to enter into agreements to “promote and increase distribution” of the drugs. If health departments decline to do so, the […]

House committee chair presses state pharmacy board on ivermectin

BY: - November 12, 2021

An Ohio House committee chairman leaned into the director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Wednesday for his decision to echo a CDC warning against ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment. Ivermectin is a drug used as an antiparasitic in humans that conservative political and media figures have championed as a preventative and treatment for COVID-19. […]

Ohio senator joined anti-vaccine panel hyping debunked, ‘alternative’ COVID treatments

BY: - October 20, 2021

An Ohio senator joined a conference of anti-vaccine advocates hyping “alternative” COVID-19 treatments, several of which like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are explicitly warned against by regulators, public health officials and medical associations. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, was introduced as a “surprise special guest” amid a panel that included an anti-vaccination advocate who was indicted […]

Hydroxychloroquine sales soared in Ohio despite thin evidence for treating COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine sales skyrocketed in Ohio the day President Donald Trump first touted the unproven anti-malarial drug as a treatment for COVID-19.  Researchers say the drug has no curative or preventative value against the disease and can cause serious heart complications in people who take it. Limited data provided by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy shows […]


Teacher appreciation: Mrs. Reed imparted a love of language

BY: - August 4, 2020

My eighth-grade teacher at St. Francis de Sales School in Newark would have loved hydroxychloroquine. Not because of the current political debate, or because she would pretend to know better than the scientists.  “Now THAT’S a good spelling bee word,” Mrs. Reed would say. As teachers contemplate their future in the digital and in-person education […]