Claims of Ivermectin Overdoses Debunked By Oklahoma Hospital

A hospital in Oklahoma corrected a bogus report stating “gunshot victims” had been turned away due to an influx of patients who allegedly overdosed on ivermectin.

Rolling Stone published an article titled, “Gunshot Victims Left Waiting as Horse Dewormer Overdoses Overwhelm Oklahoma Hospitals, Doctor Says.” The article was later updated to include a statement from a local hospital denying the claim, and the title was changed to “One Hospital Denies Oklahoma Doctor’s Story of Ivermectin Overdoses Causing ER Delays for Gunshot Victims.” The lead image was also changed to show ivermectin tablets rather than a line of masked people wearing winter clothes.

The Rolling Stone article, which gained mainstream traction, was based on the account of a single doctor in the area who claimed that “ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated.”

In the initial interview with KFOR, where the story originated from, Dr. Jason McElyea said, “all of their ambulances are stuck at the hospital waiting for a bed to open so they can take the patient in, and they don’t have any, that’s it. If there’s no ambulance to take the call, there’s no ambulance to come to the call.”

Following the KFOR report, Northeastern Health System – Sequoyah issued a statement in which they denied the claims made by McElyea and said the hospital does not employ him. They stated, “Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.” They go on to say, “our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.”

NHS Sequoyah Hospital administrator Stephanie Six said in an interview with KXMX that they were not dealing with any ivermectin overdoses. She stated, “we at NHS Sequoyah have not seen or had any patients in our ER or hospital with ivermectin overdose. We have not had any patients with complaints or issues related to ivermectin.” She also said, “I can’t speak for what he has witnessed at other facilities, but this is not true for ours. We certainly have not turned any patients away due to an overload of ivermectin related cases. All patients who have come into our ER have been treated as appropriate.”

The false story was spread by Democrat politicians and several mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Some have since deleted the story or issued updates to include the statement from NHS Sequoyah. The fake ivermectin Rolling Stone article came just one day after they published another article claiming that Joe Rogan had become a “cheerleader” for the drug following his bout with Covid-19.

The false reporting also comes shortly after the CDC was forced to correct inflated Covid-19 numbers reported for the state of Florida, and the Texas Tribune published incorrect statistics about Covid cases in children’s hospitals.

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