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Pretty Big Update on Mackenzie vs Cali. Medical Board: Board closes its investigation after we file suit, and we just filed an amended complaint

Pretty Big Update on Mackenzie vs Cali. Medical Board: Board closes its investigation after we file suit, and we just filed an amended complaint

Perhaps by coincidence or lucky timing, six days after we filed the lawsuit against the Cali. Medical Board for investigating Doug Mackenzie for “covid misinformation,” the Board send him a letter saying that it was closing its investigation (which investigation was commenced in December 2021). I figured that would happen. So, today I filed an amended complaint adding a physicians’ group (Physicians for Informed Consent) as a plaintiff, to help rebut the anticipated argument that our lawsuit was moot. Here…

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How often has the CDC and the Medical Authorities been Wrong about Covid? Let me count the ways. (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

How often has the CDC and the Medical Authorities been Wrong about Covid? Let me count the ways. (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

For my preliminary injunction motion in Mackenzie v Prasifka, I’d like to follow up something I talked about in the complaint and list all the ways the CDC and infectious disease experts got it wrong and had to reverse court and how subsequent studies confirmed things that the critics had been saying all along based on case reports and statements by line physicians. The point to be made is that whatever mistrust the pubic has about the vaccines or the…

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Watch Me on the Robert Scott Bell Show Today, July, 13th at 12:00 PM PDT speaking about my case defending physician free speech against government censorship

Watch Me on the Robert Scott Bell Show Today, July, 13th at 12:00 PM PDT speaking about my case defending physician free speech against government censorship

I’ll be on Robert’s show today discussing the Mackenzie v. Prasifka (the ED of the Cali Medical Board). I’ll go into how I see the case going and why I think this case will end up at the Supremes in the next six-eight months. here is the link to listen to the show. http://www.robertscottbell.com/listen/ I don’t think there is a call-in portion. So: I think I’ll do a live Zoom broadcast on Friday to talk about the case and some…

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LAWSUIT! CALI. MEDICAL BOARD SUED FOR FREE SPEECH VIOLATIONS, (and there might be more lawsuits coming)

LAWSUIT! CALI. MEDICAL BOARD SUED FOR FREE SPEECH VIOLATIONS, (and there might be more lawsuits coming)

Friday afternoon, I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a physician against the Medical Board of California for investigating him for speaking out in public against the government’s Covid mandates, and his questioning some of the “consensus” science and public health goals (zero Covid). Per the first sentence of the introduction, “This is a First Amendment challenge to the Medical Board of California’s attempt to intimidate by investigation, censor, and sanction physicians who publicly disagree with the…

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AB 2098 gets amended again, and the very minor protection is gone

AB 2098 gets amended again, and the very minor protection is gone

To recap, AB 2098 is California’s attempt to effectuate the Federation of State Medical Board’s call-to-action to state medical boards to sanction physicians for criticizing the mainstream Covid narrative. The bill passed the Assembly and is now before the Senate. It is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, June 27th. In the last couple of days, I received two notices which raise some questions. First, Monday I received a notice from an activist reminding people that they had until the…

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What exactly are the ACIP and Red Book Guidelines?

What exactly are the ACIP and Red Book Guidelines?

I throw around the terms ACIP and Red Book Guidelines a lot, so I thought it would be useful to explain them and attach the relevant document. The CDC’s advisory committee on immunization practices (“ACIP”) puts out its “best practices” for immunization (read vaccine) administration. The members of the committee are the most (conventionally) recognized members of the infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health community. The most important parts and the quickest way to get a handle on the document…

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Solving the Ivermectin Access Problem

Solving the Ivermectin Access Problem

My last post suggested that it was very risky for physicians to prescribe Ivermectin and HCQ because the standard of care is against their use for covid, and pharmacists can and are reporting physicians who so prescribe to the medical boards. The conceptually simple but practically hard solution to this problem is to bar the medical board from disciplining (or investigating) a physician for this conduct and 2. allowing pharmacies to dispense these drugs without a prescription. And that is…

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Some Informal Advice for Docs writing Ivermectin and HCQ Scripts

Some Informal Advice for Docs writing Ivermectin and HCQ Scripts

I have worked on medical board cases around the country for a long time. My particular specialty is unconventional therapies, either not FDA approved/cleared, or off-label use of FDA approved therapies (and diagnostics). I also spent a couple of decades advocating for expanded access to investigational drugs. We are two years into the COVID pandemic. We have vaccines, and we’re starting to have EUA drugs for treating the virus. Right now, we are in a covid lull, at least in…

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New Cali AB 2098 Seeks to Make Public Speech by Physicians Board Sanctionable

New Cali AB 2098 Seeks to Make Public Speech by Physicians Board Sanctionable

Yesterday, February 14th, AB 2098 was dropped by Assembly Member Law and two others Assembly folk, and co-authored by, you guessed it, Senator Richard Pan. The bill makes physicians who publicly speak about COVID subject to professional discipline for providing misinformation. The bill has some (4 for now) requirements for a finding of misconduct. The first is whether the licensee “deviated from the standard of care.” I have done a little medical board work, but I don’t know what it…

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The Texas Abortion Law Mess

The Texas Abortion Law Mess

The right-wing wingnuts running Texas have finally figured out how to practically nullify Roe v. Wade. Many fear that other states will follow the Texas legal template of insulating the Texas government’s actions by deputizing the nationwide anti-abortion activists to enforce the new restrictions. It’s a good tactic, what I would call the swarm. If a majority of the members of the Supreme Court were institutionalists, rather than agenda-driven political hacks in black robes, the Supremes would have stopped it…

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