Washington, August 22
A controversial pest control drug commonly used for livestock – ivermectin – but touted as a potential treatment for Covid-19, should not be taken to treat or prevent Covid-19, the State Food and Drug Administration said here. -United.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April of last year warned against the use of ivermectin, due to a lack of scientific evidence to support it.
Ivermectin is not an antiviral (a medicine to treat viruses), but has been approved in very specific doses for certain parasitic infections such as intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, head lice or skin conditions such as rosacea.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop it,” the FDA said in a tweet on Saturday.
The new warning came a day after the Mississippi State Department of Health issued a similar statement in response to reports that a growing number of people in Mississippi were using the drug to prevent Covid infection, reported the New York Times.
“At least 70% of recent calls were related to ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased from livestock supply centers,” the department said in a statement.
“Animal medicines are very concentrated for large animals and can be very toxic in humans. Some of the symptoms associated with ivermectin toxicity include rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe pain. neurological and potentially serious hepatitis requiring hospitalization, “he added.
In March, the World Health Organization also advised against the use of ivermectin in the treatment of Covid patients. The WHO said there was “very low certainty of evidence” on the effects of ivermectin on mortality, hospital admissions and clearing of the virus from the body.
“Safety and efficacy are important when using any medicine for a new indication. WHO advises against the use of ivermectin for # Covid19, except in clinical trials,” said Soumya Swaminathan , chief scientist for the global health body, in a tweet.
The Covid-19 treatment guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also state that “there is not enough evidence for the Covid-19 treatment guidelines panel (the panel) to recommend for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19. -19. “However, ivermectin has been taken up by doctors and self-medication in countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and South Africa.
The FDA said it had not reviewed the data to support the use of ivermectin in Covid-19 patients to treat or prevent Covid-19. However, some initial research is underway.
But, “taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous. This is also the case with ivermectin.
“There is a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it is okay to take high doses of ivermectin. This is wrong,” the FDA said.