Dr. Lorrin Pang, District Officer for the State Department of Health Maui, answers a question after giving a COVID-19 update to more than 50 Ka Hale A Ke Ola employees and guests on April 17, 2020. The Hawaii Medical Board filed complaints against Pang and the Maui Doctor Dr. Kirk Milhoan on Thursday after reports they both supported COVID-19 treatments that federal agencies advise against. The Mau News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Hawaii Medical Board has filed complaints against Maui’s top health officials and a Valley Isle doctor after reports they were supporting COVID-19 treatments advised against by state and federal health officials.

Jayson Horiuchi, spokesman for the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, confirmed that the board had filed separate complaints against Dr. Lorrin Pang, Maui District Health Officer, and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Kirk Milhoan submitted.

Horiuchi said the department was unable to comment on open investigations, despite the executive director of the board referring to a recent statement from the Federation of State Medical Boards warning that doctors could use misinformation about the COVID 19 vaccine could jeopardize its medical approval.

“The Hawaii Medical Board takes all concerns seriously and, given the severity of the pandemic, feels very interested in COVID-19-related issues,” said Ahlani Quiogue. “Licensed physicians have an ethical and professional responsibility to practice their medicine in the best interests of their patients. Therefore, providing misinformation can jeopardize your license. ”

Pang faced public backlash over a Honolulu Star Advertiser report that said he is a co-founder of the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent and his support for the treatment of COVID-19 has expressed with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, two drugs both in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have urged residents not to treat the virus.

Hydroxychloroquine is an arthritis drug that is also used to prevent malaria, and the FDA has warned against using it to treat COVID-19 due to complications in patients that include serious arrhythmias. Ivermectin is a drug used to remove parasites in humans and animals, but federal health officials have raised concerns that humans are ingesting products made for animals and in doses that are far too high that could prove dangerous.

Milhoan, who also supports the use of the early treatment drugs, took part in a panel discussion with Pang and Merlyn Travis, co-founders and directors of the Pono Coalition, who says she is advocating real informed consent before the experimental COVID. Ingesting -19 Vaccines “but was targeted by the State Department of Health and Governor David Ige, who said the group was” spreading misinformation about the severity of COVID-19 and the safety of the life-saving vaccines. ”

In a statement on Thursday, Pang stressed that he remains firm on the vaccine and helped found the group to spark a civil discussion on COVID-19. He also advocated standard treatments for COVID-19, including oxygen, steroids, and monoclonal antibodies.

“Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are drugs that are approved for other diseases,” Pang said. “There are clinical studies that evaluate the use of these drugs against COVID. I agree with the FDA that hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin could, of course, prove harmful. ”In response to the board’s complaint, Pang said Friday that he had been advised not to discuss the matter until further notice.

Some state lawmakers, including Senator Roz Baker of West and South Maui, Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki, have urged Governor David Ige to remove Pang, saying that his role in the Pono coalition is his Undermines position vis-à-vis the state and the general message from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 and vaccinations.

Neither Ige nor the ministry have said how they will respond to the legislator’s request, although both pushed for a vaccination and strongly opposed the use of both drugs.

Milhoan, who runs the free clinic For Hearts and Souls and is also a senior pastor at Calvary Chapel South Maui, also said he supports treatments like steroids and monoclonal antibodies but is looking for early treatments to get people out of the hospital keep away.

“I understand that I am being examined. I thought that might happen, “said Milhoan on Friday. “Ordinarily, people who suggest early treatment are screened in some way to see exactly what they are doing. I am not an anti-vaxxer. I am a vaccination advocate. I am not asking people not to get vaccinated. I’m just trying to see people who are infected, what should I do now? It is too late (at this point) to say, ‘Go and get the vaccine.’ “

Milhoan said he has cared for about 90 COVID-19 patients on Maui and has not prescribed all of them hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin as it depends on the stage at which he treats her.

“I see people affected by this disease,” said Milhoan. “I am very worried about what will happen in the hospital. You are overloaded. I try to see people at home, rate them, rate their pulmonary system, rate their oxygen system, and keep them out of the hospital. And I know I was able to keep a lot of people out of the hospital. ”

He said his doctor put him on hydroxychloroquine for prevention for a year and took it more often than he actually got COVID-19. While Milhoan said he was a supporter of the vaccine and was vaccinated against a variety of diseases due to his time in the military, he said he did not take the COVID-19 vaccine because he would be immune from the virus after recovering. Regarding the Medical Board’s next move, Quiogue said that “no action can be taken against the licensee without due process” and that both complaints will be considered.

“Actionable complaints will be handled by the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) investigates, and if allegations of misconduct and / or professional misconduct are supported by sufficient evidence, RICO can seek enforcement action through settlement or a contentious hearing, and then the licensing authority can impose disciplinary action up to and including revocation of a license, ”stated Quiogue.

“Minor disciplinary action includes suspension, reprimand or reprimand, limitation of scope, requirement of education or training, imposition of other conditions reasonable and fines of up to $ 5,000 per violation plus the cost of disciplinary proceedings.”

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