More Idahoans are using ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Authorities warn it could be dangerous | Local
On local Facebook groups, such as “Stand Up for Idaho,” some users have suggested buying animal ivermectin from grocery stores or from Amazon. One user showed a photo of tubes of Zimecterin, an injected form of ivermectin designed for horses.
The FDA has warned that the use of animal ivermectin can be dangerous because it is highly concentrated as cattle often weigh more than humans and can cause side effects.
“I highly recommend that they don’t use it for human use,” Walthall said.
Other Facebook posts show residents of Idaho asking which doctors will prescribe ivermectin to them.
The Treasure Valley is home to one of the best-known advocates of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Dr Ryan Cole, a Garden City pathologist, said he has prescribed ivermectin to 170 patients with a high success rate.
Cole is a finalist for a vacant seat on the Central District Health Council and has been criticized by the local medical community for spreading misinformation about the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.
He told the Statesman on Aug. 9 that he had read several studies showing the effectiveness of ivermectin, including a meta-analysis in the American Journal of Therapeutics.
“I am a huge fan of ivermectin,” he said. “There are over 19,000 patients in ivermectin studies worldwide and probably more now.”