A doctor in rural Oklahoma says hospitals are too Supported by patients who have overdosed on veterinary ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug. The Mississippi Department of Health said 70 percent of the last calls to the state poison control center in August came from people who took ivermectin from livestock supply stores.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention She reported that someone had an “altered mental state” after apparently taking five ivermectin pills – which he had bought online – a day for five days. Another person drank ivermectin formula intended for cattle and was hospitalized for nine days due to tremors and hallucinations.
Three inmates in a prison in Northwest Arkansas said Associated Press They may have been inadvertently given ivermectin among their COVID medications. The CDC reported approximately 90,000 prescriptions per week In mid-August, up from the pre-pandemic average of 3,600 per week. Veterinary store shelves have been emptied of ivermectin.
Public health warnings about the drug’s use as a treatment for Covid-19, particularly in large doses designed for livestock, appear to have dented its growing popularity in the United States — or in the minds of its advocates in conservatives. and the marginal right-wing media.
podcast giant Joe Rogan incorporated ivermectin This week is among the treatments he received after contracting the virus. Conspiracy trader Alex JonesBan, who has been banned from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, pulled out a can of ivermectin pills during one of his trademark rants and two tablets appeared live on the show he’s still running.
The Front Line organization of the Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, a non-profit group of physicians, is promoting ivermectin as an “essential drug in the prevention and treatment” of Covid-19.
Ivermectin was introduced as a veterinary drug in the late 1970s, and then was approved for use in humans infected with parasites. Since 1987, its American manufacturer, Merck & CoShe donated billions of potions that she had Saved hundreds of millions of people of river blindness in Africa and other parasitic diseases. Two scientists shared 2015 Nobel Prize For their work in drug development. But in the United States, it has limited human applications, as a treatment for lice and rosacea, and has primarily been used to deworm horses, cattle, and pets — until now.
employment Twitter The Food and Drug Administration warned last month that the drug was not approved for use against Covid and that taking large doses could cause serious harm. “You are not a horse,” she tweeted. “You’re not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop it.”
in a statment On Wednesday, health experts from the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists’ Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists called for an “immediate end to the prescribing, dispensing and use of ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19 abroad from a clinical trial.”
Although it has not been proven effective in treating Covid-19, people are still calling for the drug, circulating tips in Facebook groups and on Reddit. Some clinicians have compared this phenomenon with the increased interest last year in hydroxychloroquine, although ivermectin has undergone more Clinical trials, which has so far shown time and time again that it has failed to help Covid patients.
One of the biggest experiences, called together the trial, last month because the drug was shown to be no better than a placebo in preventing hospitalization. In July, a research paper The drug that reduced Covid deaths was withdrawn after questions emerged about plagiarism and data manipulation.