Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine (BOLIM) on Tuesday extended the suspension of Dr. Meryl Nass, an Ellsworth internist who criticized Gov. Janet Mills’ COVID-19 policies publicly throughout the government lockdowns.
“The Board concludes that the continued ability of Dr. Nass to practice as a physician in the State of Maine constitutes an immediate jeopardy to the health and physical safety of the public who might receive her medical services,” said the suspension letter.
The board extended her suspension until April 30, 2025, without giving Nass or her lawyer, Gene Libby, an opportunity to speak at the hearing.
They discussed the issue for under three minutes, only speaking about it long enough to motion for a vote.
The members of the board involved in the initial hearing voted unanimously to extend the suspension, while those who were not involved abstained.
Although BOLIM later pinned the suspension on Nass’s apparent violation of medical privacy rules and prescribing rules, the investigation only started because Nass was alleged to have spread “misinformation” in a radio interview with George Hale and Ric Tyler.
The inquiry into Nass was spurred on by Dora Mills, the sister of Gov. Mills, who wrote an email to at least one board member urging them to look into Nass’s criticisms of the governor’s policies.
Nass agreed to be interview by the Maine Wire following the board’s most recent decision.
“Now they’re saying that they’re going to suspend me until my next renewal, which means to me that when I come up for renewal again, they will harass me again,” said Nass.
Nass believes she is being persecuted for speaking against the injections commonly referred to as COVID-19 vaccines, for criticizing the Mills Administration, and for advocating medicines like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
She maintains her innocence of any violations that could justify suspension.
Nass was penalized for prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to patients with COVID-19 because medical authorities, at the time, considered those drugs inappropriate for treating the virus that causes COVID-19.
Nass pointed out that her decision was a normal part of medical practice, not a cause for suspension.
“I’m perfectly within my rights to prescribe drugs off label and 20 percent of all prescriptions are written for off label drugs, which means they’re fully licensed drugs, but they were approved for one diagnosis and you’re using them for a different diagnosis,” said Nass.
The extension of the suspension carried with it a fine of $10,000, allegedly to cover the cost of the hearings.
In order for the suspension to be lifted, Nass must complete “continued education” courses on ethics and record keeping, take a “clinical competence assessment, and find a “practice monitor” who will monitor and report on Nass’ professional activities.
Nass does not intend to comply with the board’s terms, as, if she did, she would lose her ability to speak out for what she believes about COVID-19.
“I [would], in other words, be under their thumb until I retire,” said Nass.
Nass has continued to fight against the board’s penalties, but can only take limited legal action against the board.
If the board had officially revoked Nass’ license, she would have been able to sue them immediately, but, because the board has continually suspended her rather than revoke her license, she has been unable to bring suit against them.
“I have to be continually punished so that no one, no doctors ever dare step out of line again,” said Nass. “They will see that even when you do nothing, the board can come down on you in this manner.”
Nass’ case has garnered national attention; her hearings were watched by millions when they were streamed by The Epoch Times and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense.