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FDA Warns Against Using Anti-Parasitic Drug to Treat COVID-19

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against using the drug ivermectin, traditionally prescribed to eradicate parasites, to prevent or treat COVID-19. The warning was issued after reports of individuals taking a version of ivermectin designed for animals and experiencing negative health outcomes—including hospitalization—as a result.

Once touted as a possible game changer in the fight against COVID-19, ivermectin was the subject of a randomized controlled clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that determined it is not helpful in alleviating mild COVID-19 illness. The study, which included 400 participants, found no statistically significant difference between the outcomes of patients with COVID-19 who were treated with ivermectin and those who did not receive the drug. Click here to read more.

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