Comedy from the competition: A new twist in the Ivermectin debate

Comedy from the competition: A new twist in the Ivermectin debate

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[Corrected from the version of 8/23/2021: the first article cited below1 shows a photo of ivermectin from Cali, Colombia, but the Eduardo Medina who wrote it is not the researcher of that name from that city.]

Many news articles published on August 21, 2021, including these four,1-4 furnished alarming reports about calls to a poison control center in Mississippi from people who took ivermectin in unspecified animal formulations. But no hospitalizations actually resulted.5 One of these articles listed several serious side effects associated with ivermectin use, but muddied the distinction between this drug in human or veterinary formulations,1 some of the latter of which are not for internal use. 

In fact, Ivermectin, a drug of Nobel prize-honored distinction, is one of the safest drugs in modern medicine, well tolerated even at ten times the standard dose of 200 µg/kg,6,7 including for COVID-19 treatment.8,9 Ivermectin has been used safely in 3.7 billion doses worldwide since 1987 to treat a variety of human diseases.10-12 Cancer patients who were...

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