A Texas doctor who had her privileges revoked by Houston Methodist hospital last year due to her support of ivermectin and opposition to vaccine mandates sued the hospital on Jan. 17.
Dr. Mary Bowden filed the lawsuit on Monday seeking financial reports and data on adverse reactions, according to her attorney, Steven Mitby.
“Two months ago in November Houston Methodist launched me into the public spotlight by telling the world that they were suspending my privileges for supposedly spreading dangerous misinformation about COVID. The Houston Chronicle joined in in that effort. Since then I’ve had a lot of people comment publicly that I should lose my license,” Bowden said outside her clinic in Houston on Monday.
Houston Methodist did not respond to a request for comment.
In November last year, Houston Methodist published a series of tweets accusing Bowden of “spreading dangerous misinformation which is not based in science.”
“Dr. Mary Bowden, who recently joined the medical staff at Houston Methodist Hospital, is using her social media accounts to express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments,” one of the tweets said.
One day prior to the hospital’s tweets, Bowden shared a link to a meta-analysis of ivermectin studies maintained by scientists and researchers.
“Ivermectin might not be as deadly as everyone said it was. Speak up!” Bowden wrote.
Two days earlier, she wrote in another tweet that “vaccine mandates are wrong.”
Flanked by staff from her clinic on Monday, Bowden spoke of her arduous journey to obtain a medical license and how it has taught her to not blindly trust pharmaceutical companies and to view new treatments and vaccines through a critical lens.
Bowden highlighted that her clinic has no financial ties to the government, hospitals, pharmaceutical corporations, or insurance companies.
“I do not contract with insurance companies. I don’t contract with the government. I don’t take Medicare. I have no financial ties with hospitals,” Bowden said. “The only people I work for are my patients and I treat them the way I would want to be treated.”
Bowden’s attorney, Steven Mitby, said that his client is suing Houston Medical to compel the hospital to comply with Texas law and disclose data about side effects and financial information.
“She is not seeking a penny for any of this,” Mitby said. “She’s simply asking for transparency and following the law.”
Bowden sought the information from the hospital prior to filing the lawsuit but did not receive a response, Mitby said.
From The Epoch Times