Hospital refuses Anchorage man’s request for Ivermectin as he fights to stay alive
William Topel, prominent in Anchorage’s conservative political circles, checked into Providence Alaska Medical Center last Thursday due to complications from COVID.
Highly engaged in Alaska politics, Topel regularly participates in Anchorage Assembly meetings, legislative hearings and political rallies. According to his Linkedin page, he earned a BA in Science/Technology from UAA and has been a substitute teacher in Anchorage since 2013. Alaska’s Division of Election lists him as an official elector for the Alaska Constitution Party in 2020.
On Oct. 7, Topel checked into Providence where both he and his physician asked hospital staff to administer Ivermectin and vitamin infusions to treat his illness. Providence initially refused, and Topel is now unconscious and in critical condition.
According to an email from the hospital’s media relations department, Providence does not use Ivermectin to treat COVID patients. The hospital says the FDA has not approved Ivermectin for treating or preventing COVID in humans.
“Based on a preponderance of evidence and guidelines from multiple national authorities, Providence Alaska Medical Center does not use Ivermectin to treat COVID-19,” the email state.
Providence’s stance runs contrary to multiple studies which show that Ivermectin is a safe drug that can decrease both morbidity and mortality in COVID patients. It has been successfully used to treat COVID patients around the world, including in India, Mexico, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.