Payam Javan: The news media went crazy after the popular podcaster Joe Rogan testified the anti-parasitic after the drug Ivermectin got a big boost for testing COVID-19.
The news media referred to the drug as merely a “horse dewormer” and “not fit to be ingested by humans.”
“We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it. All kinds of meds,” Rogan said after his Covid diagnosis. “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-pak, prednisone, everything. And I also got an anti-D drip and a vitamin drip.”
“People are purchasing various highly concentrated animal ivermectin drug formulations such as ‘pour-on,’ injectable, paste and ‘drench’ that are intended for horses, cattle and sheep, and taking these drugs has made some people very sick,” the FDA wrote in a letter to veterinarians. “Even if animal drugs have the same active ingredient as an approved human drug, animal drugs have not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness in humans.”
“Treating human medical conditions with veterinary drugs can be very dangerous,” the agency continued. “The drug may not work at all, or it could worsen the illness and/or lead to serious, potentially life-threatening health complications.”
“Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19,” the CDC wrote, noting insufficient data from the National Institutes of Health’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel.
The AMA, ASHP, and APA were all strongly against prescribing the medication without going through clinical trials.
“The American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) strongly oppose the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial,” the AMA announced.
Mass media then weaponized The memo to claim it is only “horse treatment.”
“No, you should not ingest ivermectin, a drug formulated for cows and horses to treat parasites,” NPR reported. “No, it is not proven to prevent or treat COVID. The FDA is urging people to stop ingesting the livestock version, which can cause nausea, neurological disorders, and severe hepatitis.”
Even though the FDA has not authorized the drug does not confirm that the medications potential effectiveness has not been studied
“Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease,” a study in the American Journal of Therapeutics published in June 2021 concluded. “The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.”