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AZ Health Officials Warn Against Use Of Horse Medication To Treat COVID-19

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Health officials across Arizona are warning the public against the use of ivermectin, a drug commonly designed for horses that has recently been misused for the treatment of COVID-19. Banner Health, the state’s largest hospital chain, told the Arizona Republic it’s had to manage more than 30 cases concerning ivermectin through its drug and poison information center, seven resulting hospitalizations. Navajo County officials earlier this month cautioned residents against consuming ivermectin from feed stores. The FDA says the drug has been approved for humans only in certain cases under specific prescribed doses, and that using ivermectin prescribed for large animals can lead to health complications and even overdoses.