Ivermectin frenzy: the advocates, anti-vaxxers and telehealth companies driving demand - 2021-09-13

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F345.png Ivermectin frenzy: the advocates, anti-vaxxers and telehealth companies driving demand September 13, 2021, Nick Robins-Early, The Guardian

At the top of a Florida-based telehealth website that promises "quality meds with fast shipping", above a menu of skin care products, erectile dysfunction medications and hair loss treatments, sits a bright orange banner with bold lettering: "LOOKING FOR IVERMECTIN? CLICK HERE," it reads.

The telehealth site is one of numerous online providers that have moved to capitalize on the surge in demand for ivermectin as Covid-19 cases rise across the US. The drug, an anti-parasitic used in both humans and livestock, has become the latest in a series of much-hyped medications for which doctors say there is no conclusive evidence they work to treat coronavirus.

Driving the ivermectin frenzy is a cottage industry of advocacy groups, anti-vaccine activists and telehealth companies. Touting the drug as a "miracle cure" for Covid-19, these groups have rapidly risen to prominence, finding a fervent audience among conservative media figures, the vaccine-hesitant and people desperate to treat loved ones suffering from the virus.

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{{cite news | first = Nick | last = Robins-Early | title = Ivermectin frenzy: the advocates, anti-vaxxers and telehealth companies driving demand | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/13/ivermectin-treatment-covid-19-anti-vaxxers-advocates | work = The Guardian | date = September 13, 2021 | accessdate = October 11, 2021 }}