ANN ARBOR, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals announces it will not order a hospital to use the deworming drug ivermectin on a patient with health problems related to COVID-19.

The daughter of the 68-year-old patient sued the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Abor after it refused to use ivermectin.

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“A court directive in this matter could open the door for a flood of similar suits from other patients with COVID-19, not to mention other conditions, suing to obtain care that is contrary to hospital policies,” the court said Friday.

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The man still has severe lung problems and other health woes, but the coronavirus infection has eased, the court noted.

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Ivermectin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat infections of roundworms, lice and other tiny parasites in humans — not COVID-19. It has been promoted by conservative commentators despite a lack of conclusive evidence that it helps people with the virus.

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