Marked Growth in Ivermectin, Zinc & Dexamethasone Retail Dispensing in United States During Pandemic

Marked Growth in Ivermectin, Zinc & Dexamethasone Retail Dispensing in United States During Pandemic

Researchers from what is known as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Response Team based in Atlanta, Georgia, sought out to answer the question whether outpatient retail dispensing frequency of various treatments for COVID-19 grew in volume since the onset of the pandemic denoted by the declaration of a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Using the IQVIA National Prescription Audit Weekly nationally prescription data taken from U.S. retail pharmacies covering 17 potential COVID-19 treatments as identified by the National institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines, as well as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19 Related Treatments, the authors found some interesting trends. For example, coinciding with what many perceived as hype around hydroxychloroquine dispensing of that drug peaked during March 20, 2020. While few correlated ivermectin with COVID-19 after the University of Monash lab findings in April, various small studies commenced primarily in low to middle income countries (LMICs), which led to growing demand in the U.S. peaking initially during the week of July 24 and again ...

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