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First statement from Otamendi: confirms that the 'treating doctor' gave him chlorine dioxide and that his condition worsened


The institution maintained that it "immediately complied with the court order." The patient's lawyer had reported "delays" in treatment.

01/13/2021 7:29 PM

  • Clarí

  • Society

Updated 01/13/2021 7:54 PM

The Otamendi sanatorium

ruled through an official statement after the 92-year-old patient who received

chlorine dioxide by court order

died at that institution on Monday


"The administration of the mentioned compounds was carried out solely

by the treating physician

, whose specialty is not related to the matter," said the sanatorium.

They added: "The patient did not show any clinical improvement in the subsequent hours

. His general condition worsened in the morning of January 11,

proceeding to his transfer to the intensive care area, where he died hours later."

The ruling had forced Otamendi to give him


chlorine dioxide

and sodium ibuprofenate in nebulisations.

Neither of the two treatments received authorization from the National Administration of Medicines and Medical Technology (ANMAT). 

The surrogate federal judge Javier Pico Terrero, of the Federal Civil and Commercial Court No. 7, in his controversial measure,

had protected a request from the patient's family

, which was desperate to find a treatment that saves his life.


The Otamendi Sanatorium immediately complied with the court order,

without prejudice to having filed the corresponding legal remedies for dealing with compounds whose use in COVID-positive patients was emphatically discouraged by the Pan American Health Organization, ANMAT, the Argentine Society of Infectology, and so many other institutions and scientific associations at the local and international level, "added the sanatorium in its statement on Wednesday.

On Monday night, minutes after the patient's death was known, his lawyer said on C5N that

"the patient did not die from covid."

"The doctor who was treating him suggested the inhaled chlorine dioxide and ibuprofen and the Otamendi refused to do the treatment. In view of this, an appeal was presented and the Justice applied it," said Martín Sarubbi, who anticipated that they were going to file a complaint against the

 sanatorium "accusing Otamendi for manslaughter."

He continued: "

The sanatorium continued to delay treatment.

The reality is that dioxide is not prohibited. The Anmat advised against it, but does not prohibit it. The man dies from an intra-hospital infection and because treatment is delayed."

The ruling generated much controversy in the health field

due to the ethical dilemma that it poses to doctors who must, by court order, administer an unauthorized substance.

Otamendi professionals demonstrated on Sunday against the judge's order "enforcing our Hippocratic oath," they said.

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Source: clarin

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