Remind Patients: Only Use Approved Medications to Treat COVID-19


Physicians should remind patients not to use any medication that has not been approved for humans to treat COVID-19, including a form of the anthelmintic Ivermectin intended for use in horses, the Food and Drug Administration has said.

The warning comes amid reports of patients hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin, FDA said.

The administration has approved Ivermectin to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis – conditions caused by parasitic worms – as well as topically to treat external parasites and skin conditions such as rosacea. 

However, it has not been approved in humans as an anti-viral treatment, officials warned.

“Some forms of Ivermectin are used in animals to prevent heartworm disease and certain internal and external parasites,” FDA said. “It’s important to note that these products are different from the ones for people, and safe when used as prescribed for animals, only.”

The Texas Medical Association and other health officials continue to stress the importance of proven, safe, and science-based methods to stop the spread of COVID-19: Wearing masks, practicing hand hygiene, social distancing, and receiving a vaccine if eligible.

Last Updated On

March 15, 2021

Originally Published On

March 15, 2021

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