Florida Poison Control and the FDA are warning people against taking Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, as the drug is meant for livestock not humans.
The unusual warning follows reports that some people have been substituting coronavirus vaccines with Ivermectin, a drug that’s used to deworm cows, horses and other livestock. Despite reports that claim Ivermectin inhibits the replication of the coronavirus, medical officials say the claim has never been proven in an official, controlled setting.
We are seeing a spike in cases related to #ivermectin, a deworming medication. We’ve treated 27 patients in Aug, w/most involving use o/ivermectin made for livestock. Ivermectin has not been authorized or approved by @US_FDA for treatment or prevention of COVID-19. #ToxTuesday pic.twitter.com/wlsuLczVNS— FL Poison Control (@FloridaPoison) August 24, 2021
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told WFLA, “The promotion of inappropriate use of this drug is irresponsible, reckless, and dangerous. There are serious safety concerns when it comes to self-medicating and humans using medications intended for animals. Individuals should look to their medical doctors when it comes to medical treatments – not online quacks.”
What Florida IS offering, is a free, approved treatment using monoclonal antibodies. You can find more information by visiting this website.
Florida Poison Warning Livestock Drug