A large number of Mesa County residents harbor the mistaken belief that the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin, used to de-worm horses and prevent heart worm in dogs, can treat Covid-19, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says this is not true.
The bogus idea that Ivermectin is effective against Covid was promoted locally by Grand Junction area chiropractors who spread medical misinformation about Covid-19, including one who urged people to buy livestock-strength Ivermectin and administer it to themselves as a Covid-preventative. Some local chiropractors spread medical misinformation and discouraged people from getting safe and effective vaccines against the disease as a way to help sell their own proprietary brand of supplements they claimed would prevent Covid-19. Members of the Mesa County Republican Party even introduced a resolution for their party’s platform to try to make Ivermectin an over-the-counter drug in Colorado.
After Ivermectin poisonings surged across the country in 2021 due to the spread of this dangerous misinformation, the FDA created an entire web page explaining why people should not use Ivermectin to try to prevent, treat or mitigate Covid-19.
Now there’s even more proof that using Ivermectin to treat Covid is pointless: A large-scale “gold standard” study on using Ivermectin to treat Covid was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and it concluded Ivermectin does not reduce the likelihood of hospitalization from Covid-19.
“Gold standard” study
The study involved 3,515 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. It was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, adaptive platform trial performed on symptomatic SARS-CoV-2–positive adults who were recruited from 12 public health clinics in Brazil. Study participants had to have symptoms of Covid-19 for up to 7 days plus at least one risk factor for progression of the disease, like advanced age, hypertension, diabetes or cardiac disease. Participants were randomly assigned to receive Ivermectin (400 micrograms per kilogram of body weight) once daily for 3 days, a placebo, or some other intervention. Overall, 100 patients (or 14.7%) in the Ivermectin group had a “primary-outcome event” (an emergency room visit or hospitalization,” compared with 111 (16.3%) in the placebo group — not much difference.
The authors of the study concluded that “treatment with Ivermectin did not result in a lower incidence of medical admission to a hospital” or to the emergency room due to a worsening of Covid-19.
Q. So what does keep people who get Covid out of emergency rooms and hospitals?
A. The FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccines, which are now well established to be safe and effective, and which are now medically approved for people down to 5 years of age. They are even still available free in town. Contact Mesa County Public Health Department for information on how to get free Covid-19 vaccines and boosters for yourselves and your kids, to keep everyone safe from hospitalization and death from Covid-19.