Former Pfizer VP Claims Powerful Medicine Killed COVID Patients in Nursing Homes
Former Pfizer VP Dr Michael Yeadon has suggested that a powerful drug was used on purpose to hasten the deaths of COVID-19 patients in UK nursing homes during the peak of the pandemic.
According to Yeadon, who previously served as Pfizer’s chief scientist of allergy and respiratory research and is now the Truth for Health Foundation’s chief scientific advisor, information has “come to light” indicating that the drug midazolam (a potent sedative that can cause fatal respiratory depression) “played an important role in the spring 2020 excess deaths.”
During the early days of the COVID response, “it is alleged that medical procedures were significantly distorted and that, essentially, this drug was used to kill people, very large numbers of people, in the United Kingdom,” Yeadon said during an online conference last year.
The Daily Mail reports that out-of-hospital prescriptions of midazolam more than doubled in April 2020 compared to previous months, supporting the shocking claim, which the Association for Palliative Medicine has strongly denied.
While an average of 15,000 out-of-hospital midazolam prescriptions were reportedly written monthly in England over the last five years, that number is expected to skyrocket to 38,582 in April 2020, according to the Daily Mail.
Midazolam is similar to diazepam, but “twice as powerful” (more commonly known as Valium). According to the report, it “reduces anxiety, relaxes muscles, and, if enough is given, provides ‘total sedation’ for dying patients in extreme pain or distress.”
Despite being a commonly used sedative in hospitals, the drug’s respiratory depression can be fatal, especially in people with suppressed immune systems.
“Midazolam has a United States Food and Drug Administration [FDA] black box warning, which notes that the medication has been associated with respiratory depression and arrest because it can slow or stop breathing,” according to an article published by CovidVaccineHub in June 2021.
According to the resource, “black box warnings are issued to consumers when medications or products may have serious or life-threatening side effects that could lead to severe illness, hospitalizations, or death.”
Professor Patrick Pullicino, M.D., a retired neurologist who is also a Catholic priest, has argued that because “Midazolam depresses respiration,” it also “hastens death,” transforming “end-of-life care into euthanasia.”
Pullicino, who received his M.D. from the University of Malta and trained at the National Hospital in London and the University of Rochester in New York, has previously warned about healthcare providers using drug protocols to effectively euthanize critically ill patients. Pullicino raised concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), a protocol for treating the terminally ill, in 2012, claiming it was a “death pathway.”
As stated in the Daily Mail, Pullicino claimed that in the case of COVID-19 deaths, a flowchart designed to assist healthcare workers in triaging COVID patients “wrongly consigned those deemed too frail to end-of-life care.” For Pullicino, this meant that some patients who would have benefited from being admitted to the hospital were instead given drugs like midazolam instead.
“There have certainly been more [unavoidable] deaths as a result of Covid-19,” Pullicino said. “However, this flowchart, in my opinion, encouraged the use of midazolam for end-of-life sedation, effectively resulting in euthanasia pathways.”
Yeadon says that evidence that midazolam was used to hasten deaths can be found in an analysis of midazolam supply quantities, which spiked during the early days of the pandemic.
“[F]or the entire 2018–19 fiscal year, normal quantities of this material were ordered but not dispensed, so the entire year’s worth of stock was required,” Yeadon explained. “The generic suppliers of midazolam then ordered [a] two-year supply, which was delivered in early 2020.” This meant that at the start of the lockdown, there was a three-year supply of this end-of-life drug.”
Midazolam – how they killed off the elderly in nursing homes
Yeadon also cited a graph showing an increase in midazolam prescriptions as “prima facie evidence that the U.K. government & certain actors within the NHS [National Health Service] & the care home sector deliberately planned for & then executed such a plan to murder tens of thousands of trusting people using the respiratory depressant drug, midazolam.”
As per Yeadon’s analysis of the data, “two years of stock was purchased from one supplier & shortly thereafter, use spiked to up to 300 percent of baseline values.”
“Along with this, a spike in deaths occurred in spring 2020,” Yeadon continued. “Note a second spike in early winter beginning in December 2020–January 2021, accompanied by an additional spike in deaths.”
Yeadon’s claims, on April 27, 2020, Accord Healthcare in the United Kingdom — one of the drug’s five manufacturers — issued a memo stating that it had ordered midazolam from a French supplier to mitigate a “supply disruption” and ensure adequate quantities of midazolam were on hand to deal with COVID-19 through October of the same year.
The Pharmaceutical Journal states an Accord Healthcare spokesperson stated that the company “had to gain regulatory approval to sell French-labeled supplies of midazolam injection to the NHS, after already selling two years’ worth of stock to UK wholesalers ‘at the request of the NHS’ in March 2020.”
Meanwhile, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a relaxation of painkiller restrictions in nursing homes and hospices, ostensibly to prevent COVID patients from suffering unnecessarily in the run-up to death.
It’s unclear whether the sharp increase in midazolam prescriptions can be linked to an increase in nursing home deaths, or whether the U.K. government ordered large amounts of midazolam to deliberately hasten the deaths of terminally ill COVID patients. It’s also unclear whether the increases in COVID deaths in the United Kingdom are causally linked to increased drug prescription, or if the relationship is merely correlative.
The article published by CovidVaccineHub, along with the Association for Palliative Medicine in the United Kingdom, denied that the use of midazolam in COVID-19 patients hastened deaths, instead arguing that the drug “was most likely used on ventilated patients with COVID-19,” because the sedative is a “commonly used” drug in the ICU.
Noted by the resource, “this medication is frequently used in critically ill patients to keep them calm, allow their bodies to recover through rest, and ease discomfort and other physical symptoms.”
The explanation, however, does not address the alleged prescription of midazolam to COVID patients in nursing homes who were never admitted to the hospital and thus would not have been admitted to the ICU.
Meanwhile, some, including Robin Monotti, an Italian film producer, activist, and outspoken critic of COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictive COVID-19 measures who frequently posts in collaboration with Yeadon, have argued that reports claiming people died “of COVID-19” after receiving drugs like midazolam are suspect, and have urged an examination of the data to determine whether it was the virus or the drugs that killed them.
The over-prescription of midazolam is not the only charge leveled against the United Kingdom government in connection with its handling of the COVID-19 response involving nursing home residents.
Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization with approximately 10 million members worldwide, reported in October 2020 that “[o]lder people in care homes” had been “abandoned to die amid government failures during [the] COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Key failings included decisions to discharge thousands of untested hospital patients into care homes and the imposition of blanket DNARs [Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders],” according to the group, as well as allegedly leaving care home staff and managers “without guidance, PPE, or access to testing.”
Amnesty International’s complaints are consistent with those of Dominic Commings, a former advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told a committee of MPs in May 2021 that “tens of thousands of people died who didn’t need to die” as a result of government mistakes, according to the BBC.
The Office for National Statistics reports that over 42,000 COVID-related deaths in the United Kingdom occurred in nursing homes. Cummings claimed that assurances that elderly people “were going to be tested before they went back to care homes [from hospitals]” were proven false.
The allegations against the UK government of failing to provide proper care for nursing home residents are similar to those leveled against disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the United States, where evidence emerged that elderly New Yorkers who tested positive for the virus were shipped back into nursing homes, where they succumbed to their illnesses without receiving proper treatment.