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Prescriptions for ivermectin, a deworming drug that has gained popularity as a Covid treatment despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness, increased 24-fold from pre-pandemic levels in August, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ivermectin has been touted by some as a cure for Covid-19. It was originally created as an antiparasitic treatment for horses, but has been approved for human use in some cases.

More than 88,000 prescriptions were administered by pharmacists during the week ending Aug. 13, according to a CDC report, a massive spike from pre-pandemic levels. The CDC also said there was no conclusive evidence that the drug is an appropriate or effective treatment for Covid-19.

“Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by the FDA for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19,” the CDC report said.

A number of Republican politicians, such as Senator Rand Paul, have pushed for the investigation to be further investigated on its effectiveness.

“The hatred for Trump has bothered these people so much that they are unwilling to study it objectively,” Paul said at a town hall last week in Kentucky, according to the Cincinnati investigator. “So someone like me who’s in the middle, I can’t tell you because they won’t be studying ivermectin. They will not study hydroxychloroquine without the tinge of their hatred for Donald Trump. ”

The former president notably promoted hydroxychloroquine, a drug used on patients with malaria, as a Covid treatment. Again, the drug has not been widely recommended as a Covid treatment.

French Minister of Health Olivier Véran said that it should only be used to treat covid after “serious forms of hospitalization and by collegial decision of doctors and under strict medical supervision”.

Along with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration has released information warning of problems associated with the incorrect use of ivermectin.

According to a statement, the drug is “approved by the FDA to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms.”

Potential side effects include seizures, comas, and hallucinations.


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