ELLSWORTH — Local physician Meryl J. Nass must undergo a psychological evaluation, the state Board of Licensure in Medicine determined Jan. 11. The order comes after the board received complaints that Nass was providing misinformation about treatment options for COVID-19 and vaccinations against the coronavirus.
Nass was first licensed by the board on Aug. 22, 1997, and practices internal medicine in Ellsworth.
In a statement to The American on Tuesday, Nass wrote: “Despite my request for the Board to specify what constitutes misinformation, they have never done so. Despite my request to the Board asking under what authority they can punish physicians for a crime they have declined to define, there has been no answer.”
The state board received a first complaint against Nass on Oct. 26, 2021, based on content in a video interview with Nass and found on her website, according to the board’s findings. A second complaint was lodged on Nov. 7, 2021, alleging Dr. Nass was spreading misinformation on Twitter.
Nass publicly advocated the use of hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment against COVID-19. She also admitted to lying and providing a non-COVID diagnosis — Lyme disease — so a COVID-positive patient could fill a prescription for hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine has been deemed ineffective in the treatment of COVID-19 and potentially dangerous by the Food and Drug Administration.
Nass said, “I documented the suppression of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in June 2020, revealing that the CDC had shown that chloroquine successfully killed SARS-CoV-1 in vitro as early as 2005, and NIH showed it worked against MERS (another deadly coronavirus) in 2014.”
The state board ordered Nass must submit to a neuropsychological evaluation by a board-selected psychologist on Feb. 1. It also subpoenaed Nass for three individual patient records. But, according to the order, the records she provided “consisted of text messages with individuals who were not the patient and sparse handwritten notes that do not comply with applicable standards of practice.”
Nass on Tuesday said, “The Board today suspended my medical license and ordered me to submit to a psychological examination, when my primary crime appears to be treating COVID more successfully than the NIH’s recommendations allow.”
The state board is permitted to order the evaluation under state law in the interests of public health and safety, the order notes. The order’s preliminary findings conclude: “The information received by the Board demonstrates that Dr. Nass is or may be unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to her patients by reason of mental illness, alcohol intemperance, excessive use of drugs, narcotics, or as a result of a mental or physical condition interfering with the competent practice of medicine.”