AR: Doctor under investigation for practicing medicine, prescribing FDA-approved drug

Source: CNN

“The Arkansas Medical Board is investigating after a doctor said he prescribed an anti-parasitic drug ‘thousands’ of times for treatment of Covid-19, including to inmates in an Arkansas jail. The FDA has been warning against the use of ivermectin for treatment of Covid-19 since March. The drug is used to treat parasitic infections, primarily in livestock, and the CDC recently cautioned about an increase in reports to poison centers of severe illness caused by the drug. … In a CDC health advisory issued Thursday, the agency said the use of ivermectin can result in ‘gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overdoses are associated with hypotension and neurologic effects such as decreased consciousness, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, coma, and death.'” [editor’s note: There’s nothing illegal about “off-label” prescriptions; FDA approved ivermectin as “safe” more than 20 years ago, although its effectiveness was only asserted for parasites – TLK] (08/26/21)