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(LifeSiteNews) – Three doctors penalized for prescribing ivermectin (IVM) to COVID-19 patients have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for exceeding its authority and interfering with physicians’ best medical judgment.

The Epoch Times reports that Boyden Gray & Associates, a firm headed by former legal adviser to President Ronald Reagan and attorney Boyden Gray, is representing Dr. Paul Marik, Dr. Mary Bowden, and Dr. Robert Apter. Marik is one of the founders of Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a nonprofit dedicated to alternative COVID treatments.

Marik was suspended by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (and investigated by the Virginia medical licensing board) and Bowden from the Houston Medical Hospital, and Apter subjected to investigation by the Washington Medical Commission and Arizona Medical Board, all for prescribing ivermectin.

Their suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, seeks a permanent injunction against the FDA from interfering with the decision to use ivermectin to treat COVID.

“Congress recognized the importance of letting doctors be doctors and expressly prohibited the FDA from interfering with the practice of medicine,” Gray told Epoch. “That is exactly what the FDA has done time and time again throughout this pandemic, assuming authority it doesn’t have and trying to insert itself in the medical decisions of Americans everywhere.”

“The FDA has made public statements on ivermectin that have been misleading and have raised unwarranted concern over a critical drug in preventing and treating COVID-19,” says Marik. “To do this is to ignore both statutory limits on the FDA’s authority and the significant body of scientific evidence from peer-reviewed research.”

Despite being misrepresented in the mainstream media as horse dewormer, ivermectin is an FDA-approved medication with a range of human applications, such that it is on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines. Like many medications, ivermectin is also used for horses, but human dosages of the drug for human ailments were not controversial until IVM started gaining notice in the context of COVID-19.

While experts continue to debate the drug’s effectiveness at treating COVID-19, promising studies as well as reports of positive results have generated significant interest in it, as has the fact that it have been used and studied for far longer than the COVID vaccines, which were developed and released in record time by the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed initiative, meaning that IVM’s safety profile is far better understood than that of the relatively new vaccines many believe have been rushed and politicized.

Despite the wealth of existing knowledge about IVM and the evolving nature of COVID knowledge, families across the country have had to go to court to force hospitals to let them try the drug for their loved ones, while doctors have seen their medical licenses threatened for prescribing it – a scenario that states such as Oklahoma have indicated would not be tolerated in their borders.

The University of Minnesota, Emory University School of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine, and other medical institutions have been conducting a major at-home clinical trial to assess ivermectin’s effectiveness at treating COVID-19, as well as that of the drugs metformin and fluvoxamine or any combination of the three.

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here.