State medical board charges physician with spreading COVID-19 misinformation

The Washington State Medical Board is investigating Ryan Cole, MD, a pathologist who practices in Boise, Idaho, and holds a license in the state of Washington, due to anti-COVID-19 vaccine and pro-ivermectin statements he posted on social media, according to a Feb. 1 report from Medscape.

Dr. Cole was reported to the state board by several practicing physicians in Boise. The Washington medical board charged the physician with COVID-19-related violations. It is unclear if the Idaho board will also investigate the complaints. 

The Washington medical board contends that Dr. Cole has made misleading statements about COVID-19, vaccines, and the effectiveness of masks and ivermectin. He also allegedly prescribed ivermectin to COVID-19 patients via telehealth. 

One of the patients allegedly died after Dr. Cole treated the patient for COVID-19 with ivermectin, according to the report. 

If the Washington medical board finds Dr. Cole engaged in unprofessional conduct, his license could be revoked or suspended.  

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