Maryland's only Republican congressman, who is also a doctor, says he's facing a challenge to his medical license, the Washington Examiner reports.
Rep. Andy Harris reportedly told fellow lawmakers that someone filed a complaint after he revealed in September that he prescribed ivermectin to a patient as treatment for COVID-19.
"An action is currently being attempted against my medical license for prescribing ivermectin, which I find fascinating, because as an anesthesiologist, I know I use a lot of drugs off-label that are much more dangerous," Harris said.
Harris said the complaint was a "distraction."
"I've been licensed for 41 years, and I'm an associate professor at Johns Hopkins. Why would you bring this complaint other than purely political reasons?" Harris said. "There are physicians all around the country who are prescribing ivermectin. They prescribe it way more times than I have prescribed it."
Harris said he's frustrated that the FDA hasn't provided approval for already-existing drugs that could potentially treat COVID-19, specifically fluvoxamine, which is a drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression.
"A 10-day course of that can greatly increase someone's chances of not going to a hospital or surviving the disease," Harris told the Washington Examiner. "Why isn't the FDA rushing this through? Well, it's actually a generic drug. It's not a brand-name drug. And one has to question why a series of generic drugs are actually not being approved or indicated for COVID by the FDA."