The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Council has rescheduled its October 13, 2021, hearing into charges of misconduct against Dr. Gilbertha St Rose for prescribing and supplying the drug Ivermectin to patients as a treatment for COVID-19.
The new date for the hearing is October 27, 2021, according to a letter from the Council to St Rose.
The Council also enclosed what it described as ‘documents relevant to this case.’
The Council’s October 8, 2021 letter came in response to an affidavit St Rose and her attorney sent about a week ago to the body seeking specifics regarding the ‘misconduct’ charges against her and requesting a postponement of the previously scheduled October 13 hearing.
The organisation wants St Rose to show cause why disciplinary action, including the suspension or cancellation of her registration, should not be taken against her for “professional acts of misconduct” between February 8, 2021, and August 30, 2021, and continuing.
The Council raised several charges, including prescribing and supplying Ivermectin to patients without authorisation from the Ministry of Health or the Chief Medical Officer and encouraging the use of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 contrary to the expressed advice of the Chief Medical Officer.
But St Rose has been standing her ground, declaring that she will be vindicated.
“I know negligence on my part would be not to persevere to make Ivermectin available to our people and tell them about it,” the Dermatologist, Herbalist, and Integrative Health Care Specialist told St Lucia Times recently.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current evidence on the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive.
” Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials,” the organisation says.