A judge in Ohio has ordered West Chester Hospital in suburban Cincinnati to treat a COVID patient using the livestock deworming drug ivermectin.
A patient's wife sued the hospital, claiming she had researched treatments and learned all patients treated with ivermectin survived.
The Food and Drug Administration warned against use of the anti-parasitic.
Judge Gregory Howard's ruling requires the hospital to administer 30 mg of ivermectin every day for three weeks, according to local news station WXIX.
"I can't comment on litigation or answer questions, and HIPAA patient privacy laws prevent me from commenting on any specifics of patient care," said UC Health spokesperson Amanda Nageleisen of the ruling.
Ivermectin is approved at specific doses for treating some parasitic worms, but it is not an anti-viral drug, the FDA said in its warning.