KTRK news, known as ABC13 in Houston, Texas is reporting some local doctors have been successfully using Ivermectin to help treat their COVID-19 patients since last year.
According to the report, “Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of medical staff, said he has proudly been using it, off-label, to treat thousands of COVID-19 patients admitted to United Memorial Medical Center.”
“I have used Ivermectin in a few thousand patients,” Varon said. “I cannot tell you the exact number, but I know that it’s been quite a large number of patients and I have not seen a single significant side-effect. Not one.”
“He and his colleagues began touting the drug last December, holding a press conference to implore the medical community to use it as part of COVID-19 treatment,” ABC13 reported.
Varon told ABC13 that his team began using the drug last summer, saying “people were dying.”
“We were in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “You have to try things. You have no choice.”
He said based on his data, Ivermectin, in combination with COVID therapies, saves lives.
“It’s not just Ivermectin,” he said. “That’s where people get confused. Ivermectin helps you, but it helps you when you are giving it in addition to other components of treatment protocols that are out there.”
Ivermectin was developed to treat parasites in both humans and animals.
Ivermectin is an FDA-approved drug developed to treat parasites in both humans and animals at a very specific dose.
“But a recent surge on animal feed stores, where the drug is sold as a de-wormer for cows and horses, has the FDA sending out a warning, saying Ivermectin should not be used to treat or prevent coronavirus,” the report warned. “It is not approved for that use.”
Houston-area specialty pet store owners indicate they are running out of the product.
One Bandera, Texas rancher informed CleverJourneys that,”We have some cut up into small pieces to use just in case one of us gets it. We have a friend who swears it helped him last spring.”
The animal version of the drug, according to the FDA, is different than the human version, saying in part, “animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do-a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans.”