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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Manitoba doctor disciplined for prescribing ivermectin and giving false information about COVID-19

A Manitoba doctor was disciplined for prescribing ivermectin and provided incorrect COVID-19 information.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Manitoba doctor received disciplinary action for failing to wear a mask during a clinical visit in 2021 while administering ivermectin to a patient.

A Manitoba physician was disciplined for prescribing ivermectin to a patient, failing to wear a mask during a clinical visit in 2021, and giving information about COVID-19 and the vaccine at odds with public health guidelines.

Dr. Wilhelmus Petrus Grobler has a formal disciplinary record of reprimand for his care of two patients, according to a report from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM).

The group claims that Grobler “failed to fulfill the standard of care in his assessment and management of a patient’s medical condition” in the first instance, which occurred between June and September 2021.

The CPSM claimed Grobler treated patients for myocarditis despite insufficient proof of this diagnosis. Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medication, was also prescribed by Grobler, according to the statement, even though he “understood or ought to have known it was neither evidence-informed nor in the patient’s best interest.”

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In the second instance, the group claimed that the physician had fallen short of ethical and professional norms when he refused to wear a mask during a clinical consultation with a patient under 18.

According to the investigation, Grobler also allowed one of the patient’s parents to remove their mask during the interaction even though mask use was required and without a sufficient excuse.

According to the CPSM, Grobler also gave his patients and their parents information regarding the pandemic and vaccines that were against professional norms and public health recommendations and could be dangerous to one’s and the general public’s safety.

According to the statement, “by doing so, Dr. Grobler, in his capacity as a physician, provided legitimacy to misinformation from untrustworthy sources, especially respecting the risks and advantages of vaccines.”

For more context, the CPSM stated that it had come to know that Grobler was expressing opinions regarding the detection, treatment, and transmission of COVID-19 that were at odds with the available scientific data and against the advice of public health officials.

A Manitoba doctor was disciplined for prescribing ivermectin and provided incorrect COVID-19 information.
A Manitoba doctor was disciplined for prescribing ivermectin and provided incorrect COVID-19 information. Image from CBC News

In October 2020, according to the CPSM, Grobler was asked to voluntarily agree that he would not share information regarding COVID-19 with his patients or the general public if it did not comply with public health guidelines. This agreement is still in effect.

According to the CPSM, Grobler’s actions violated this obligation.

The registrar of the CPSM stated that this illustrates the risks that false information poses to patient safety.

According to the statement, “during the pandemic, the public has placed tremendous reliance on the information provided by their doctors, elevating the level of accountability on physicians when commenting or sharing information.”

Patients must receive advice and treatment that is both evidence-based and in their best interests.

When CTV News contacted Grobler’s office for a comment, they were informed that he won’t be accessible until the following month.

Source: CTV News

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