“…a gross abuse of authority and will generate a strong legal response:” America’s Frontline Doctors pushes back on Medical Board threats to decertify doctors who question COVID party line

America’s Frontline Doctors is pushing back against medical board threats to decertify doctors who question government guidance on COVID treatment and vaccines.

The group’s Associate Medical Director, Dr. Richard Amerling, MD, issued a statement, September 13, which said:

“It’s a sad commentary on American Medicine that private certifying agencies with near-monopoly power are using their pulpits to promote a government-backed narrative of a one-size-fits-all treatment, that has already injured tens of thousands of individuals at little or no risk from COVID-19.

“Recent data cast severe doubt on vaccine efficacy, particularly against the delta variant.”

Dr. Amerling pointed out that “It should be noted that the Federation of State Medical Boards is a quasi-legal interstate compact that has no authority over individual state medical licensing boards.”

He suggested doctors seek alternative certification, remarking “AFLDS encourages physicians who currently hold certification from these boards to immediately apply for certification from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons and to stop funding these corrupt agencies with ‘maintenance of certification’ fees.”

“Decertification for speaking out in favor of early outpatient treatment of COVID-19, or calling into question the monolithic vaccine narrative, is a gross abuse of authority and will generate a strong legal response,” Dr. Amerling added.

Nonprofit advocacy group raised decertification issue first

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that does not regulate medical licenses.

Its website describes the group as an advocate for nationwide medical regulatory policy. “The FSMB serves as the voice for state medical boards, supporting them through education, assessment, research and advocacy while providing services and initiatives that promote patient safety, quality health care and regulatory best practices,” it notes.

FSMB, July 29, issued a statement warning doctors that they risk losing their license for advocating “COVID misinformation.” The statement did not specifically define “misinformation.”

Three national medical boards followed on board

On September 9, three national medical licensing boards issued a statement supporting FSMB’s position.

A joint statement by the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics said:

“We also want all physicians certified by our Boards to know that such unethical or unprofessional conduct may prompt their respective Board to take action that could put their certification at risk.”

Despite a COVID injection death toll of 70 per day since September 3, the joint statement stated “We are particularly concerned about physicians who use their authority to denigrate vaccination at a time when vaccines continue to demonstrate excellent effectiveness against severe illness, hospitalization and death.”

Texas Medical Board reaffirms doctors’ professional judgement

In contrast, the Texas Medical Board and Texas State Board of Pharmacy released a joint statement, September 3, reaffirming that those agencies do not endorse or prohibit any particular COVID-19 treatment (HERE).

The statement specifically notes that drugs may be prescribed off-label.

Florida Medical Board still out to lunch

Florida’s Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy, which share a media department, have not responded to date to multiple Panhandle Politico requests for comment about Florida’s medical boards’ position on the issue.

We spoke to a receptionist who was unable to give us a timeframe for anybody getting back to us. We left both email and voicemail messages, and will provide an update if we hear from them or are able to contact any Florida Medical Board officials willing to answer to the public.

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