Feed store clerks began realizing that customers clamoring to buy horse dewormer had an off-label use in mind: as a COVID-19 home remedy.
- 1 customer said he and his wife “had been taking the drug for some time and had experienced no side effects besides not be able to ‘see in the morning,’”Newsweek reports.
- Calls to poison control centers about ivermectin exposures shot up 5X in July, the CDC reported late last week. And prescriptions jumped to 88,000+/week in August (up from 3,600), according to The New York Times.
The FDA tweeted its response: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow.” It warned that ivermectin isn’t approved to treat or prevent COVID-19—and large doses can be harmful, the Des Moines Register reports.
A spring review of 14 studies found no evidence of ivermectin’s ability to prevent Covid, improve patient outcomes, or reduce mortality.
- A Las Vegas store now requires people to prove ownership by showing a photo of their horse.
But: An Ohio county judge ordered a Cincinnati hospital to give ivermectin to a patient after his wife sued for the treatment, Ars Technica reports.