Dr Bob Judd, owner of the Judd Veterinary Clinic in Hewitt, said ivermectin was not new to the medical community. It has long been used to treat or prevent parasites in cattle, pigs, horses, and goats, and has been shown to be effective in preventing heartworm in dogs. Judd said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized ivermectin’s usefulness in controlling parasites in refugees from developing countries.
The drug is sometimes given to patients in this country as a treatment for head lice, scabies and other parasites. But the CDC has warned against its use for COVID-19, saying tests have not found it to be effective. It is not approved for the treatment of viral infection.
The Food and Drug Administration weighed in recently, tweeting: “You are not a horse” and warning that ivermectin is not approved by the FDA to treat or prevent COVID-19 and that taking large doses could cause serious damage, according to a report in the New York Times. The document added that in its review of 14 ivermectin studies, none showed that the drug can prevent COVID or improve patients’ condition. 31 other studies are reportedly underway.
Judd did not give names, but said he knew of farmers and ranchers who took forms of ivermectin and inquired about its availability.
“People really shouldn’t be taking cattle and horse products,” Judd said. “The problem is that these formulas are very concentrated. People should know how to calculate dosages. And the carriers for these products have been approved for animals, but not necessarily for humans.