Medical groups criticize bills backing unproven COVID treatments

MADISON – Doctors and hospital leaders are pushing back against a Republican legislative effort aimed at barring health care providers from withholding unproven treatments for COVID-19. 

A package of three bills released Wednesday would prevent health systems and medical credentialing boards from disciplining doctors for ordering or advocating for therapies or medicine for patients that go against medical opinions held by their employers or regulators.

The proposals also would force pharmacists to fill all prescriptions ordered by doctors except in rare circumstances.