Asked by State Senator Shane Martin and State Representative Bill Taylorto to provide a legal opinion on hospitals in South Carolina banning doctors from prescribing certain treatments for COVID-19, Attorney General Alan Wilson concluded on February 11 that doctors do indeed have the authority to prescribe drugs off-label—such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine—for treatment of the disease.
“Our doctors, as well as their patients, need to know that doctors have the right to make important medical decisions, as long as they have the informed consent of their patients,” Wilson said.
“In fighting COVID, the doctor should be given the broadest possible leeway,” he added.
Dr. Peter McCullough praised Wilson’s support for doctors, saying the move will stop pharmacists from blocking doctor’s prescriptions for off-label drugs.
McCullough previously testified to the South Carolina Senate Committee on Medical Affairs, giving what he said was “the evidence base for these medications in the early treatment of the illness.”
South Carolina joins Oklahoma and Nebraska in standing behind doctors who prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.