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Doctor Fined $500, Given Light Penalty By Texas Medical Board

Dr. Stella Immanuel got a slap on the wrist for prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 without patients' informed consent.

The Texas Medical Board has taken a“corrective action” against a doctor-minister who prescribed hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 without adequately explaining the health consequences to the patient, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

Dr. Stella Immanuel made international news last year when she called hydroxychloroquine a “cure” for COVID-19 in a viral video shared by then-President Donald Trump. She told the Chronicle in August 2020 that she had treated more than 400 patients with it, including the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.

Clinical trials had showed the anti-malarial drug to be ineffective against COVID-19, and health experts cautioned the public against taking it as a coronavirus treatment due to associated health risks, including heart problems.

The Texas Medical Board, which regulates the practice of medicine in the state, ordered Immanuel on Oct. 15 to submit proof of informed consent for all off-label treatments she provides, which ensures patients are aware of the potential risks.

She was directed to adopt policies that require patients to sign consent documents for all off-label therapies. She must also pay $500 to the board, according to the Chronicle.

Corrective action is considered to be non-disciplinary. A violation of the order could lead to disciplinary action.


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