Florida official wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to make 'wonder drug' ivermectin more widely available to treat COVID-19

Florida's county commissioner hopes that Gov. Ron DeSantis will make it more accessible.
Ivermectin, a medication that is commonly used to treat parasitic diseases in horses and livestock, is known as Ivermectin.

It is not known if ivermectin has the ability to treat coronavirus.

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A Florida county commissioner sent a letter to the governor Ron DeSantis asked that the livestock deworming drug, ivermectin, be made more readily available to people with COVID-19.

According to WFLA, NBC affiliate Neil Combee described ivermectin as a "wonder drugs" in the letter.

Combee wrote that many citizens are complaining about the refusal of larger hospitals chains and pharmacies to prescribe safe and effective therapeutics such as hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin. A citizen should be granted the "right to attempt" potentially lifesaving therapies when facing potentially life-threatening COVID-19.

WFLA reported that Polk County commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether or not to send the letter.

Ivermectin, a medication that is commonly used to treat parasitic infections in horses and livestock, is also known as Ivermectin. It is not known whether ivermectin can be used to treat coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration warned repeatedly that side effects of the drug could cause dizziness and nausea in patients. It can cause overdose, death, hallucinations, and seizures in some cases.

Many high-profile people have publicly endorsed the drug as a cure to the coronavirus despite these warnings. Sens. Ron Johnson and Rand Paul have, for instance, promoted the drug baselessly as a COVID-19 treatment. Joe Rogan claimed that he used ivermectin to treat COVID-19 after he tested positive.

Oklahoma hospitals have become so overloaded with ivermectin that gunshot victims cannot receive prompt treatment.

According to the FDA, humans can use ivermectin but only if a prescription is issued by a doctor. This prescription is usually for parasitic worm treatment. Ivermectin may be used to treat rosacea and lice. However, no health agency recommends that coronavirus-infected people take ivermectin.

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