March 23, 2024

Medical boards are under increasing pressure to act as some physicians decry covid-19 as a hoax, promote unproven treatments and push bogus claims about the vaccines, including that the shots magnetize the human body.

The campaign is led by a small but vocal group of doctors practicing medicine in communities around the country. Organizations that advocate for public health have called on medical boards to take a harder line by disciplining the doctors, including potentially revoking their licenses.

The push comes as the pandemic enters a second winter and as deaths in the U.S. top 800,000.

At least a dozen regulatory boards in states such as Oregon, Rhode Island, Maine and Texas recently issued sanctions against some doctors, but many of the most prolific promoters of covid-19 falsehoods have unblemished medical licenses.

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“Just because it is physicians, it is no different than if someone called you claiming to be the IRS, trying to steal your money,” said Brian Castrucci, president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation. “It’s a scam, and we protect Americans from scams.” Castrucci’s organization, which advocates for public health, and No License For Disinformation, which fights false medical information, issued a report last week that highlighted some of the cases. The report came out a week after the Federation of State Medical Boards released a survey…

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