(FiveNation.com)- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing a lawsuit for pushing a now-falsified narrative around COVID-19, according to Just the News. The agency has long been scrutinized for pushing political narratives surrounding the virus, most times without evidence.
The FDA has long ago conceded that the COVID-19 vaccines do not stop transmission and that such claims, as echoed by President Biden, were based on “hope” and not science. Now, the agency is reportedly attempting to downplay the influence it had on social media to avoid liability for interfering in medical judgments.
The FDA is now trying to petition a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by three doctors who claim that the agency’s false narrative around Ivermectin has intervened in their ability to treat their patients. In a hearing this month, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown said that the FDA’s “social media statements…are what bother me the most.”
The June lawsuit cited multiple tweets by the agency attacking Ivermectin as an antiparasitic for livestock, particularly for horses and cows, despite its inventors winning a Nobel Prize in 2015. The agency also suggested that other off-brand labels were dangerous for human use.
The FDA is walking back its tweets, saying that they were just “recommendations.”
Justice Department lawyer Isaac Belfer said that the tweets were “written in informal conversational language” and constituted “non-binding recommendations” that the doctors did not have to adhere to. But the judge said that it would be reasonable to say that doctors prescribing Ivermectin would be investigated by state boards as a result of the FDA’s statements.
Emails from the agency show that employees celebrated its now-infamous tweet stating, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The tweet then links to a webpage titled, “Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.”
Belfer tried to claim that it was not “predictable” that people would respond to these tweets by thinking they would be prohibited from taking Ivermectin.