By NewsDesk @bactiman63

Florida Poison Control tweeted last week that they are seeing a spike in cases related to ivermectin, a deworming medication. They report treating 27 patients in August, primarily from the use of ivermectin made for livestock.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried released the following statement concerning what the Florida Poison Control Center reported:

“The promotion of inappropriate use of this drug is irresponsible, reckless, and dangerous. There is no public health or scientific support for its use to treat or prevent COVID-19, and there are serious safety concerns when it comes to self-medicating and humans using medications intended for animals,” said Commissioner Fried. “Individuals should look to their medical doctors when it comes to medical treatments – not online quacks. We must not allow a platform for such misinformation that is putting the well-being of Floridians at risk. I urge the Governor to disavow those promoting false cures, and instead listen to the scientists and medical community when it comes to preventing and treating COVID-19 – promoting the safe and effective vaccines and encouraging mask wearing.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued warnings against self-medicating with animal drugs and that this medicine, even when prescribed for human use, has not been authorized or approved to treat or prevent COVID-19.

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