The defendants disclosed misinformation about the use of some drugs to treat covid-19, even before an infection was diagnosed.
The Federal Justice of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul imposed a fine of 55 million reais (10 million euros) for moral damages and collective health to a group of doctors who promoted ineffective treatments against Covid-19.
The defendants disclosed misinformation about the use of certain drugs to treat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, even before an infection was diagnosed, including drugs such as ivermectin and chloroquine, which were part of what is known as the “covid kit” which was also defended by former president Jair Bolsonaro.
The Public Ministry pointed out that the campaign under the title “Manifesto for life” launched by a group that calls itself Doctors of Early Treatment Brazil, in addition to recommending ineffective substances, did not point out the possible adverse effects of treating the coronavirus with these drugs, which in the case of chloroquine it was even counterproductive.
In addition to this group, the Brazilian Federal Court also sentenced the company Vitamedic Indústria Farmacêutica, which was already being investigated by the parliamentary committee for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, who detailed how he earned more than 870,000 euros from the sale of ivermectin.
The remaining convicted are from the Alves Faria Educational Center (Unialfa) and the José Alves Group (GJA Participações), reports the Brazilian news portal G1.
The management of the pandemic crisis by the government of then-President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the most criticized, due to its reluctance to impose isolation measures and restrictions. The pandemic, baptized by Bolsonaro as the ‘little flu’, caused 700,000 deaths in Brazil.
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