And, despite its researchers warning against it, it soon became popularly promoted among politicians and right-wing media.
However, the drug’s manufacturer, Merck, stated that there was no scientific basis for the drug to be used as treatment against Covid-19.
In the US, prescriptions for the drug have soared from 3,600 weekly before the pandemic to more than 88,000 in a week last month, per CDC data.
At the same time, poison control centers have seen calls related to Ivermectin explode, reaching five times their usual rate in July, the Washington Post reported.
In July, University of Oxford scientists revealed that are trialing giving Ivermectin to people with Covid-19 symptoms to see if it can keep them out of hospital – but the findings of this are yet to be reported.
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