COVID-19

Health officials warn Michiganders against using animal drug to treat coronavirus in humans

The drug ivermectin is not proven safe for people, despite rumours it could be a treatment for COVID-19.

Michigan health officials are warning residents against using a drug intended for small animals and limited human ingestion that is being touted as a treatment for COVID-19.

In a state press release issued Wednesday, officials said the drug ivermectin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “use in animals for prevention of heartworm disease in some small animal species, and for treatment of certain internal and external parasites in various animal species, as well as humans.”

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