A suburban woman received a controversial drug that could save her life while she fights COVID-19, but it took a judge’s order to make it happen.
Nurije Fype, 68, of Elmhurst, has been a patient at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital since April 7, according to her daughter. She was put on a respirator on April 28 and is now in a coma.
Still, Fype received his first dose of ivermectin on Monday, after a judge ruled in favor of his family.
“She looks calm, comfortable and I am happy with the numbers of the monitors so far. They are kind of stable, ”said his daughter, Deserata Fype.
Ivermectin is often used to treat parasites in animals. The Food and Drug Administration published an article earlier this year, saying that taking a drug for “unapproved use can be very dangerous”, citing potential side effects and drug interactions, but some doctors argue that studies have shown that the drug is a potent antiviral in cases of COVID.
“In a life-and-death situation, it is one of the safest drugs known in the past forty years,” said Dr. Pierre Kory of Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.
Still, ivermectin has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for COVID-19. The National Health Institute (NIH) said that there is insufficient data to recommend for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.
The drug has been approved by the FDA to treat people with diseases caused by parasitic worms, while a topical variant of the drug has been approved for use on external parasites, like lice, or for skin diseases like roascea, according to an FDA document.
Deserata Fype said she started asking Elmhurst Hospital to give her mother ivermectim from the second day of hospitalization and every day after April 20, with no luck.
She ended up taking the hospital to court and a DuPage County judge ordered the hospital to allow the drug to be administered.
“At least we managed to give it to her after days and days of begging for the drug,” said Deserata Fype.
During a follow-up hearing on the matter on Tuesday, a lawyer for the hospital said other doctors and medical professionals classified the treatment as “atypical” and “outside the standard of care”.
But the hospital said it had allowed an independent doctor to administer the drug to Fype.
Deserata Fype described her mother as the “sweetest” woman who is willing to help everyone.
“For now, I just need to focus on that: receiving the medicine every day, seeing it improve and then taking it step by step,” she said.