FDA Warns Against Using Ivermectin for COVID-19 after Reports of Hospitalizations

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  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday warned against the use of Ivermectin in treating COVID-19
  • The agency said it had received multiple reports of patients who have required hospitalization and medical support after medicating with Ivermectin intended for horses
  • The announcement noted that the FDA has not approved the drug for prevention or treatment of COVID-19
  • The announcement comes a day after a new study published in JAMA found that ivermectin did not significantly improve recovery time in patients with COVID-19
  • Ivermectin is a cheap antiparasitic medication used in the treatment of scabies, lice, and roundworm infections
  • A study in Australia was the first to describe the effectiveness of the drug against COVID-19, after finding that the drug significantly lowered replication of the virus in vitro