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What’s Behind the Ivermectin Frenzy?

Oct 4, 2021

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Ivermectin is a drug that emerged in the 1970s, used mainly for deworming horses and other animals.

During the pandemic, a frenzy has surrounded the medication — in some corners, it has been falsely lauded as a kind of miracle cure for the coronavirus.

In recent weeks, doctors have described patients begging them for the drug, poison control centers have seen a surge in calls about ivermectin abuse, and vets have reported trouble obtaining the treatment for livestock.

What is fueling the demand for a drug that the medical establishment has begged people not to take?

On today’s episode

Emma Goldberg, a writer for The New York Times.

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Public health warnings against using the anti-parasitic ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 appear to have made little progress in stemming its popularity in parts of the United States.

Veterinarians, ranchers and farmers say they are struggling with the effects of the surging demand for the drug.

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Emma Goldberg contributed reporting.

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