The Texas Medical Board oversees the licensing and disciplining physicians in the state of Texas. It’s mission is as follows:
Our mission is to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas through licensure, discipline and education.
It has finally cautioned physicians from claiming to have a cure for Covid-19.
Texas Medical Board Issues Warning For Physicians Promising Cures For COVID-19
The Houston Chronicle (8/3, Lewis) reports that the Texas Medical Board “has advised physicians it can take action against those who promise a cure for COVID-19.” The medical board “issued a statement about such claims Friday, just a few days after [Stella] Immanuel, a Houston pastor-doctor, very publicly touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for the disease.” In a statement, the medical board said, “A physician must provide full disclosure of treatment options, side effects, obtain informed consent, and there cannot be false, misleading or deceptive advertising or statements made regarding any therapies, including a cure for COVID-19.”
One of the most distressing things about the pandemic is the amount of time physicians have to spend addressing their patients questions about the claims made by these charlatans. Only time will tell if the Board will do more than caution these physicians.