TORONTO – Ontario’s medical regulator says it has imposed a series of restrictions on a family doctor accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons says that Northeast Ontario-based Dr. Patrick Phillips is now prohibited from providing medical exemptions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, masking requirements, and testing.
The regulator says Phillips is also prohibited from prescribing ivermectin, an antiparasitic agent that Health Canada says should not be used to treat COVID-19, as well as fluvoxamine and atorvastatin in relation to the virus.
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The university alleges that between August 2020 and this month, Phillips engaged in disgraceful, dishonorable or unprofessional conduct in his communications about the pandemic, including on social media.
It alleges that this includes making misleading, incorrect, or inflammatory statements about COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and public health measures.
The regulator says the case has been referred to its disciplinary court, but a hearing date has not yet been set.
University public records indicate that Phillips’ primary practice location is Englehart and District Hospital in Englehart, Ontario, about 45 kilometers south of Lake Kirkland.
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