Wisconsin Doctor who promoted a horse medication as ‘wonder drug’ against COVID has now tested positive for the virus. Ivermectin, an anti-parasite medicine has been hailed as a “wonder drug” by anti-vaxxers.
Rumors of the drug’s effectiveness led to an upsurge in medicine sales at pharmacies as well as some people employing the veterinary form of the drug, the one intended for horses as a COVID prophylactic or treatment. During a U.S. Senate hearing in December, one of the drug’s biggest promoters, Dr. Pierre Kory, a critical care doctor from Wisconsin, claimed to take the drug monthly.
Eight months later, Dr. Kory was diagnosed with COVID-19. Kory has testified twice in front of the United States Senate in favour of ivermectin, calling it a “wonder drug” with “miraculous efficacy” against COVID-19.
Journal Sentinel reported that he has subsequently increased his dosage of the medicine as a therapy. Ivermectin’s usage as a COVID-19 therapy has been extensively criticized by doctors and researchers.
The FDA had to warn individuals that they are not horses and should not use horse medication since the claims for the treatment had grown so out of hand.”The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in people or animals to prevent or treat COVID-19,” the agency stated in a statement.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
Ivermectin is licensed for use in humans to treat parasitic worm infestations, head lice, and skin diseases including rosacea. There have been 1,810 documented incidents of ivermectin poisoning across the country as of October 2021, compared to 499 in the first ten months of 2019.
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