Eminent physician Paul Marik MD heads Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.
He practiced medicine at Sentara Healthcare’s Norfolk General Hospital until suspended, what his attorney called a “blatant act of retaliation” for filing a lawsuit against Sentara. See below.
On its website, Sentara lists Marik as a Critical Care Medicine physician.
On November 9, a Front Line (Flu/Covid) Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) press release explained the following:
Noted critical care physician Paul Marik MD sued Sentara Healthcare’s Norfolk VA General Hospital.
He sought a temporary injunction to reverse the hospital’s refusal to let him treat flu/covid patients with known safe and effective meds able to cure the illness.
His complaint accused the hospital of “preventing terminally ill (flu/covid) patients from exercising their right to choose and to receive safe, potentially life-saving treatment determined to be appropriate for them by their attending physician.”
According to international and Virginia law, patients are entitled to receive treatments “deemed appropriate for them by their attending physician” the lawsuit stated, adding:
“(T)erminally ill patients have the right to try investigational medicines that their treating physician recommends.”
“Through its arbitrary prohibition of the (flu/covid) treatment protocol developed by Dr. Marik and his colleagues, Sentara(’s) (Norfolk General flagrantly violated) the law (by) unjustly (and illegally) depriving critically ill patients of lifesaving treatment.”
At the time, Marik stressed the following:
“This case is about doctors, having the ability to honor their Hippocratic Oath, to follow evidence-based medicine, and to treat our patients the best we know how.”
“Corporations and faceless bureaucrats should not be allowed to interfere with doctor-patient decisions, especially when it can result in harm or death.”
“I refuse to watch another patient die from (flu/covid), knowing that I was not allowed to give them proven treatments that could have saved their life.”
FLCCC’s president and chief medical officer Pierre Kory MD said the following:
“The Sentara Healthcare System’s prohibition of the MATH+ protocol is a threat to every doctor and every patient in the US,” adding:
“We know the protocol is effective. Patients who could have been saved by MATH+ are dying because of the hospital’s baseless restriction.”
“We will continue to see more deaths that could have been prevented until the court takes action and orders the hospital to reverse course.”
“The FLCCC stands behind Paul 100%.”
“We take an oath as doctors to do no harm.”
“I can’t think of a way of doing more harm to a patient than to not administer a treatment that you know can help them.”
“No doctor should be forced to watch their patient die knowing that more could have been done to save them and that is exactly what Sentara is doing.”
On November 12, Sentara filed a motion to dismiss Marik’s justifiable complaint.
He called the motion “paper thin” to avoid a life and death issue for patients.
His attorney Fred Taylor said “Sentara’s defense avoids the very real harm to both the patient’s right to receive life-saving treatment and the right of her doctor to prescribe it”, adding:
“This case is about whether a hospital administration can legally prohibit critically ill (flu/covid) patients from receiving information and treatment, if they and their doctors so decide it is medically appropriate for them.”
“Virginia law is clear.”
“The attending physician and not the hospital has the authority to use the treatment they have deemed appropriate.”
Marik’s complaint was supported by “over 20 advance directives…submitted to the court…from around the world,” the FLCCC explained.
On November 18, he had his day in court.
On November 23, Norfolk Circuit Court Judge David Lannetti ruled against him, adding:
His case can be heard at trial in 2022 — to focus on whether or not he, and other doctors, can circumvent hospital guidelines if believe that it’s for an appropriate medical treatment, not whether one treatment is more effective than another.
In response to Lannetti’s ruling, Taylor representing Marik said the following:
“While we are disappointed that the Court did not grant the temporary injunction, our case for the rights of doctors and their patients remains alive and well.”
“We expect to ultimately succeed on the merits of our case at trial” next year.
A Final Comment
In March 2020, the FLCCC Alliance was formed “by a group of highly published, world renowned critical care physician/scholars – with the academic support of allied physicians from around the world – to research and develop lifesaving protocols for the prevention and treatment of (flu/covid) in all stages of illness.”
“Their MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol – introduced in March 2020, saved thousands of (flu/covid) patients.”
“(T)he FLCCC’s new…at-home outpatient treatment protocol with ivermectin has been released.”
It’s “a potential” way to obliterate flu/covid when administered as directed within about 10 days after symptoms are experienced.