By AlaskaWatchman.com

On Oct. 13, William Topel and Neil Kitamura, both Anchorage residents, died while under the care of Providence Alaska Medical Center. Topel and his physician requested Ivermectin and vitamins to treat his illness, but Providence refused to administer Ivermectin. Kitamura checked into Providence on Oct. 5 after taking one dose of Ivermectin provided by his physician the day before. Again, Providence refused to allow Kitamura to take Ivermectin despite his prescription.

In response to an email inquiring about Providence’s use of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19, Providence’s External Communications Senior Manager Mikal Canfield implied, then later verified, that the hospital does not use Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 infection. Providence’s policy on the matter seems to be applied broadly with no consideration of patients’ individual healthcare needs.

“The FDA has not approved Ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).

Providence’s unconditional refusal to administer Ivermectin is highly inappropriate and morally repugnant.

Presumably, considering 77% of Canfield’s 53-word email was copied verbatim, he was referencing an FDA Consumer Update that does not support the use of Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Ironically, the plagiarism checker identified that one of the same lines Canfield copied from the Consumer Update was used (and cited) in a column that touts Ivermectin’s success in safely, affordably, and effectively treating COVID-19. 

The FDA’s Consumer Update repeatedly asserts that the FDA has not approved Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, pointing out the dangers of taking “animal Ivermectin” and taking Ivermectin in “large doses.” More, despite several studies that show Ivermectin to be a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19, the FDA maintains that “Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe or effective for [treating COVID-19].”

On the subject of when it’s unsafe to take Ivermectin, the FDA holds that it “can” interact with other medications and that you “can” overdose on it – both premises being factors that physicians account for when they make individualized treatment decisions.

Alaskans should demand that Providence’s leadership take accountability for its Ivermectin policy and its potential and actual ramifications

Meanwhile, the FDA states in its Consumer Update that the best ways to “limit the spread of COVID-19” are to get inoculated and follow CDC guidelines. The CDC’s Director said that COVID-19 vaccines could no longer prevent transmission of the disease. Moreover, inconsistent with its supposed standards of “acceptable risk” as it applies them to Ivermectin’s use, the FDA fervently supports the use of COVID-19 vaccines. In its Q&A for [Pfizer’s] Comirnaty – the only FDA-approved COVID vaccine, which is unavailable in the U.S. – the FDA explained an increased risk of serious heart problems associated with Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.

Finally, in the Consumer Update referenced by Canfield, the FDA closes with, “Your provider can help determine the best option for you, based on your health history.”

What a concept – trained medical professionals’ ability to make informed treatment decisions based on their education, experience and their patients’ individual needs.

In fact, the FDA addresses  the acceptability of the application of that concept in no uncertain terms: “Once the FDA has approved a drug for a disease or medical condition, health care providers generally may prescribe or administer the drug in clinical practice for an unapproved use not described in the approved labeling (i.e., “off-label”) based on their medical judgment, recognizing that the FDA has not assessed the safety or effectiveness of such use.”

Ivermectin is FDA-approved.

Providence’s unconditional refusal to administer Ivermectin is highly inappropriate and morally repugnant. Their policy is contrary to medical science, does not take patients’ individual needs into account, was maintained despite notification of alleged potential violation of Alaska law, and preceded the deaths of two Alaskans – both of whom requested Ivermectin with the support of their doctors. There must be accountability.

Alaskans should demand that Providence’s leadership take accountability for its Ivermectin policy and its potential and actual ramifications. There should be an investigation into the decision-making process and the outcomes of implementing their Ivermectin policy. Providence’s leadership should release a statement describing the reason(s) they chose to implement such policy in detail and with specificity. The statement should address precisely why they determined Ivermectin is not to be used to treat COVID-19 under any circumstance, their premises for that conclusion, and scientifically grounded supporting documentation for the decision. It should outline their application of risk-analysis as it applied to their Ivermectin decision. Finally, it should address the tragic loss of life that very possibly could’ve been avoided and discuss Providence’s plans with respect to their Ivermectin policy moving forward.

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Providence Alaska must be accountable for denying Ivermectin to patients who later died

Darren Hansen
Darren Hansen moved to Alaska from New York as a teenager. He is a proud American, proud Alaskan, and a proud veteran.


29 Comments

  • ML Moore says:

    Both the hospitals and the government have forgotten one important thing. We, the people, make the choice to take whatever medicine we wish too, or refuse to take it as well. This includes vaccines. We are in charge of OUR personal medical needs, and will make choices accordingly. It is beyond my comprehension that the government and the medical field think they have the right to tell me what I will do or won’t do regarding my own personal medical needs. Providence should be held accountable, and I hope they will be. Our basic freedoms are under attack make no mistake!

  • The Alaska Poaster says:

    This is by no means limited to Providence.
    Every hospital in the US has been given a script to follow for the “treatment” of a covid patient:
    1) clot shots (not the so-called vaccines, but daily injections to prevent blood clots in sedentary patients),
    2) dexamethasone (steroid for inflamed lungs),
    3) remdesivir (4-time loser in clinical trials for other viruses, now given at $3000 per covid patient, with a 30% chance of developing acute kidney failure after 5-10 days of use), and
    4) oxygen (to include possible intubation and ventilator that has a 60/40 survival rate).
    As long as they stick to the script, hospitals are provided a liability shield under the expanded PREP Act, which I will remind all of you, occurred during the Trump administration (hint: voting R or championing conservatives will NOT get us out of this). These hospitals can literally kill patients with this protocol, and none of their family have any legal recourse. You can’t sue the hospital, and you can’t accuse the doctor of medical malpractice. BUT, if those hospitals depart from the script (i.e. doctors administer Ivermectin) then all of a sudden POOF! their liability shield disappears.
    This the reality, folks….what’s going to be done about it?

  • Neil+A+DeWitt says:

    This will be a good story to follow. I would like to know just what the answer will be!

  • Johnny Furlong says:

    The individuals who made the choices to deny the requests should, at the least, not be allowed to practice medicine, and possibly be charged with some level of homicide and Providence sued so bad they can’t see straight.

  • Ken G says:

    I 100% agree with you Darren in a nation of laws they need to be held accountable for there deliberate negligence to help those dieing in there care Mikal Canfield should not beable to hide behind the FDA Providence also should be respecting the sovereign rights of the people in there care instead of perusing this narrative that ivermectin is not effective on covid 19 it takes a cold person to watch another individual die when to could possable save there life with a pill you readily have on hand same on providence it is my great hope that an aggressive attorney gets involved and takes them to the bank

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    I believe the going rate is $35,000 for inducted COVID patients and $45-48,000 per deceased COVID victim. Hospitals are death industries these days. God help anyone who goes there.

  • thomas+brown says:

    a lot of people should be in jail….

  • Nial Sherwood Williams says:

    Love and prayers to the Topel, Kitamura, and Kendall families.

    May their passing strengthen the Church and deepen the faith of all Alaskans. We can all be saved by the blood of the Lamb.

    Oh and Providence, board members, doctors, nurses and staff who were party to this murder…

    You’re all going to jail, every last one of you.

  • Cynthia Traylor says:

    Children 5-11 should not receive the jab it is too dangerous and children are not experiments. They are too young . for This there has to be a better way Bidin is no the answer neither is Fauci
    Children are not dogs .

  • Patrocles says:

    I wonder how many people it would take not showing up at providence to affect their bottom line if they don’t get those people’s $55k in federal dollars for treating them for covid. I for one will never go to providence again even for stubbing my toe.

  • kris spencer says:

    Doctors who practice early intervention say Ivermectin is really helpful b/c it binds to the spike protein. When you can bind it, you can block it. Providence lies. There are both human and animal forms of Ivermectin. The human form HAS been approved for human use by the FDA since 1996. They could say that Iver hasn’t been approved specifically in relation to Covd-19… but come on man! Hydroxy was used successfully to eradicate SARS 1 in 2002-2004. This Saturday, there is an early intervention conference at Change Point Church. Dr. Ryan Cole and others will be present to talk about the virus and treatments that are saving lives around the world.

  • Greg in Homer says:

    Some have urged universal vaccination as the way to end the Covid pandemic. Unfortunately, a new study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology showed this plan has failed in countries around the world. (Link: https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/10/08/fully-vaccinated-countries-had-highest-number-of-new-covid-cases-study-shows/) The study found the most fully vaccinated nations had the highest number of new covid cases and urged a reexamination of relying on vaccination as the primary strategy in dealing with this disease. The CDC also admits that even if vaccinated, you can still get covid and spread it to others.
    Since it is possible vaccination alone won’t stop the pandemic, maybe we should also consider adding a therapeutic treatment for the disease, as we do for influenza. We use a dual approach for influenza. We have annual vaccinations but also have therapeutics. If you catch the flu and are treated with Tamiflu within 48 hours, you recover quickly. Given the right therapeutic treatment, the same could be true for Covid. The big question for our political leaders and health care professionals, is now that we know that vaccines alone are not the best way to fight this pandemic, why are they still pushing a vaccination protocol only? Why have they not pursued therapeutic treatments for this disease? Why are they failing to protect us? Doctors and politicians have some explaining to do.

  • Opus says:

    Providence is a racket, not a hospital. I went to their ER with a potentially deadly blood clot and was ignored for six hours. One doctor, Clifford Merchant, made a two minute visit and then billed me $750. Merchant is now in prison for molesting children and attempted murder.
    Providence charges $138 for a simple INR blood test. Local independent labs will do the same test for $20 to $30.

  • Fat+Albert says:

    The FDA, CDC, NIH all need to be de-funded and investigated for genocide

  • Pam Bickford says:

    It’s rumored that at one time if the attending physician was reluctant to prescribe a requested medication they could be assisted by an “independent” physician, willing to put their license up for review, who could prescribe “off” protocol medication for a patient. The mandated protocol would be adhered to in all other instances. Then, the screws tightened, and the free thinking physicians disappeared. The corrupted associations or political lobbyists that monitor liability for all involved have been guided by government mandates to deftly place barriers between a doctor and their patient, and create a barrier that should not exist. The outcome for an unknown number of patients is tragic! There has to be an intervention, short of praying for the next Nuremberg trials!

  • David says:

    I’m wondering where the…. Mike Dunleavy is, how bout Ann Zinc?
    Since the writing of this article another has died at regional who also requested ivermectin and was refused!
    Governor my statement to you is your hands have the guilt of unnecessary deaths on them by demonizing meds that are proven to work!
    This is your legacy whether you like it or not

  • Penny+Johnson says:

    There seems to be parallel standards of care (actionable) – one that costs 30c per 3mg pill and one that’s $172.14 for a shot or $472,000 for ventilated care. (See beckershospitalreview.com for ave cost [non-complex/complex] by state per patient.) There’s inevitably a class-action in the making, which will hold administrators & physicians individually and severally liable.

  • Penny+Johnson says:

    Edit: $417,000 for Alaska, $472,000 is Nevada.

  • Furious says:

    Our daughter begged the doctors repeatedly to give her hospitalized husband ivermectin. They refused. This despite the fact that we (her mom and dad) and her sister all survived this virus because our doctor gave us ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Our doctor has treated over 700 patients with these medications with only 1 death and 20 hospitalizations. It may not have been a scientific study, but look at the results of people treated with ivermectin compared to the hospital’s protocol of kidney destroying remdesivir! We can only hope and pray that the people who have refused to give a treatment that works will be held accountable because they have blood on their hands!

    • DoneWithIt says:

      Outrageous!
      The corporate medical establishment has FAILED the people – big time.
      This all about the MONEY, Big Pharma, and the Feds- it is hard to believe the majority of doctors and nurses are going along with the Plandemic – how do they sleep at night?
      This is why the horrors against modern societies have occurred – nazism, communism, pol pot, maoism, the Armeinian genocide, the Holodomor – because the majoirty will ALWAYS go along with the “authorities”.
      Folks this is why we have the 2nd Ammendment – I truly pray it does not come down to that – but, we are witnessing the first GLOBAL genocide campaign – and educated, responsible people are going along with it – it is truly hard to understand!

  • Gherman Sharon says:

    It’s called off-label use, and it’s done ALL THE TIME. This is a political decision, not a medical one. Covid19criticalcare.com . Yes, the hospital should be held accountable.

  • MICHAEL+HUGHES says:

    The Sisters of Providence are rolling over in their graves. Providence “hospital” ceased be a Catholic hospital years ago. It is a shame and a blot on the church’s history of helping the poor and sick.
    We all need to pray for this insanity to end.

  • Freedom Fighter says:

    Let me get this straight: the public must take an unproven vaccine against a virus that mutates and treats every host/victim differently. The public cannot take proven remedies against this virus such as hydrocloroquin and ivermectin. This because the government deems it so. When you go to the hospital you have a higher rate of the possibility of dying. Indeed, those who have received the shots are more likely to get the virus. Money was given to communities to combat the virus but the Anchorage assembly decided to spend it on homeless rather than setting up treatment centers. Sick people are refused treatment at ERs. I, for one, am taking responsibility for myself and doing what is best for me. Meaning I’m not going to a hospital to die, I’m going to treat myself the best way I know how. Breathe freely, stay away from the government nuts and treat with drugs I feel are safe.

  • Enough is Enough says:

    July 2021
    Ivermectin is approved by the NIH for treatment… this needs to be handed to the physicians in every hospital denying care.

    https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/tables/table-2e/?fbclid=IwAR3kxq9ulZXAGd4qJ6T9XgpS4pm4_sqfGfkkves1e-ayDB13Wmc3QWf1Hfo

  • Sharon+Kay says:

    First of all, I have done massive amounts of research on this subject because I myself might have to retire early because I will not take the clot shot. I have been following this for almost a year now. Studies coming out now showed that the so-called vaccine, which they are really gene therapies, have nothing to do with Covid. They are gene therapy shots. They are actually going to kill more people. They have nothing to do with the virus that is out there. The people taking the shots are actually going to have massive amounts of problems from blood clots, HIV, Guillain barres disease, neuropathy, paralysis. so many bad things from this shot. And those are even listed as possible adverse reactions on the information you get with the shot. Including death. I don’t think people are getting that information when they take the shot. Ivermectin is ivermectin no matter what form it’s in. People are getting to the place where if they can’t get the actual pills, they get the horse paste and take that in the correct increments. Ivermectin has been saving lives. They believe it might also cure some cancers. In India two whole provinces are completely Covid free because they are all taking ivermectin. Pennies per pill. It’s all about the money. Even Dr. Fauci said back in 2005 with the SAARS that hydroxychloroquine took care of the virus with no problems. He’s lying to you now. He made massive amounts of money on this. They all are. I myself got the horse paste and I have no qualms taking it if I get sick. We used to take the regular glucosamine Chondroitin and give it to our dogs for hip problems. The same exact pills we took. It did wonders for them. Anyone getting the shot needs to get their blood tested. If you listen to stew peters who interviews Dr. Jane Ruby, and Karen Kingston, they will tell you everything that is going on and what is actually in the shot. Anywhere from parasites to objects that they don’t even know what they are, to metal fragments. Senator Paul Rand even questioned why there is aluminum in this shot. The worst ingredient is graphene oxide. That is a toxin. And the spike proteins will eventually kill you.

  • Matt Tunseth says:

    That was sure a quick delete. I thought you guys believed in freedom of speech?

  • Barbara says:

    I have had a similar experience with a family member in an Arizona hospital. Thankfully, he is still alive, but to what degree remains undetermined. He was admitted with no previous medical history – an otherwise fairly healthy, albeit elderly, man. I was told the hospital (Banner Health) doesn’t use Ivermectin as it had been determined not to help. Neither would they give him the large doses of vitamins I requested. I later heard of a man who went to Banner with COVID last year while they were still using Ivermectin. He had a long medical history, including COPD and I believe, diabetes. He was home in 8 days! My family member was taken to the emergency room on September 20 with a fever and a spot on his lungs they suspected was pneumonia. Over the next four days, his oxygen needs increased to the point that they put him in ICU. The following Friday (October 1), he was intubated. On October 20, he was transferred to a long-term acute care hospital to work on weaning him from the vent but he has made little progress and has, in fact, recently taken a step backwards due to an infection. His muscles are all atrophied after having been in bed for six weeks! I feel strongly that all of this could have been avoided and he would be home, healthy and back at his normal life had he been given Ivermectin. I have heard too many success stories of people older and sicker (both with COVID and with pre-existing conditions) than he was. It’s unconscionable and criminal what is going on.

  • Barbara says:

    I have had a similar experience with a family member in an Arizona hospital. Thankfully, he is still alive, but to what degree remains undetermined. He was admitted with no previous medical history–an otherwise fairly healthy, albeit elderly, man. I was told the hospital (Banner Health) doesn’t use Ivermectin as it had been determined not to help. (Neither would they even give him the large doses of vitamins I requested.) I later heard of a man who went to Banner with COVID last year while they were still using Ivermectin. He had a long medical history, including COPD and I believe, diabetes. He was home in 8 days! My family member was taken to the emergency room on September 20 with a fever and a spot on his lungs they suspected was pneumonia. Over the next four days, his oxygen needs increased to the point that they put him in ICU. The following Friday (October 1), he was intubated. On October 20, he was transferred to a long-term acute care hospital to work on weaning him from the vent but he has made little progress and has, in fact, recently taken a step backwards due to an infection. His muscles are all atrophied after having been in bed for six weeks! I feel strongly that all of this could have been avoided and he would be home, healthy and back at his normal life had he been given Ivermectin. I have heard too many success stories of people older and sicker (both with COVID and with pre-existing conditions) than he was. It’s unconscionable and criminal what is going on.

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