Amy Jonson pointed to an empty store shelf where tubes of horse ivermectin paste used to be for sale and adequately stocked.
“We are sold [again], said Jonson, vice president of The Western Ranchman Store in Phoenix, Arizona.
In fact, Jonson said the feed store has been sold out for weeks. She said there was no way to know when the next shipment would arrive.
Jonson said the shortage appears to be due in large part to an unexpected run of animals on ivermectin products they think will treat or prevent COVID-19.
It has been difficult to obtain ivermectin for humans at some pharmacies, according to several physicians affiliated with the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), which prescribe ivermectin for their patients.
“Yeah, it’s hard to come [ivermectin] Because retail pharmacies are not filling our prescriptions. We use compounding pharmacies,” said Dr. Jane Hendrix, an affiliate of the FLCCC of Mesa, Arizona.
Unlike a regular pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy can customize a prescription, including ivermectin, based on a patient’s specific needs.
“The media is focused on the fact that patients made a poor decision in choosing to go through a vet shop on their own rather than seeking a doctor who is willing to prescribe it. So it’s a good idea to get equine medication. There is a way to make fun of these patients,” Hendrix told The Epoch Times.
“Horse people,” as Jonson refers to customers who own horses, are now feeling the brunt of a shortage of animal ivermectin, possibly for human consumption.
“It has gone crazy. Horse people have to use different products for their livestock,” she said.
Jonson said recently she’ll be on the phone three times a day, sometimes four times, with people who want to learn more about the store’s ivermectin products and how they work.
“You can tell if they are horse people or not” from the questions they asked, Jonson said. “When they ask how to dose it, horse people know how.”
“We are sold out of it. Our suppliers are sold out of it. Most people who buy it say it is a cure for COVID,” said Joe Robinson, manager of The Western Ranchman store.
“They tell me doctors on the Internet are pushing it,” Robinson told The Epoch Times.
Robinson said the store keeps trying “every week” to get new stock of the four ivermectin products — in tablet, paste, injection and insert form — but there is “zero stock” available.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ivermectin is not approved for use in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans.
“Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by certain parasitic worms and skin conditions such as head lice and rosacea,” the FDA states on its website. “Currently available data do not show that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials evaluating ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.
However, many frontline doctors stand with ivermectin as a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19.
COVID-19 has been “politicised,” Hendricks said, so any drug used to treat it “will therefore be politicized as well.”
The operations manager for another FLCCC-affiliated physician in Arizona said ivermectin demand remains high given the public’s uncertainty over experimental COVID-19 vaccines.
“Word is getting out that ivermectin is not just for horses,” the operations manager told The Epoch Times on condition of anonymity. “Mostly, [people] They did their research themselves and they are firm that vaccines are not the safe way to go. Ivermectin is the way to go. I feel that is enough [medical] Professionals who have researched this. After all, they are doctors.”
Although generally discarded and ridiculed as a hors d-wormer taken by those who do not know better, it seems that ivermectin has been used in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in countries like India. There has been much success.
In August 2020, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was declared COVID-19-free after the government authorized the use of ivermectin among its 240 million residents.
However, the FDA says that ivermectin is an unproven treatment for the coronavirus and can be dangerous to humans in large amounts.
On August 20, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced a growing number of calls from people with potential “ivermectin exposure” apparently to treat or prevent COVID-19.
“At least 70 percent of the recent calls are related to the ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers,” the agency said in a statement.
The agency noted that 85 percent of callers had mild symptoms, but one person was asked to seek further medical help.
“Hospitalization due to ivermectin poisoning has not been reported directly to the Mississippi Poison Control Center or [MSDH],” the agency said.
The American Medical Association, the Association of American Pharmacists, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have all come out against prescribing ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 “outside of clinical trials”. .
“We are concerned by reports that the distribution and distribution of ivermectin has increased 24-fold before the pandemic and has increased rapidly over the past few months,” the ASHP said in a statement.
“As such, we are calling for an immediate end to the prescription, distribution and use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.”
Meanwhile, the Tractor Supply Company of Fountain Hill, Arizona, has posted an ivermectin safety warning on its website, saying the drug is not approved for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans “and could cause serious personal injury.” may result in injury or death.”
The FDA also states that ivermectin made for animals is different from ivermectin made for humans. A tube of Durvet Ivermectin Paste, for example, can treat a 1,200-pound horse, Jonson said.
Jonson said the Western Ranchman store has probably sold 300 to 400 boxes of horse ivermectin paste in the past three months. Each box contains 12 tubes of paste.
“One person asked to buy a case, but in the end didn’t buy it,” Jonson said. “I think when the Delta version came out, sales really went up. These people are getting information from YouTube and doctors. People are afraid of getting sick.”
At the mortar and pestle compounding pharmacy in Flagstaff, Arizona, a pharmacist told The Epoch Times in a phone call: “We would not be interested in participating [in any discussion about ivermectin]. Thank you.”
In a statement to The Epoch Times, CVS Health said, “The FDA has made it clear that people should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. Our pharmacist’s prescription and are empowered to use their professional judgment when reviewing the prescriber’s diagnosis.”
Walgreen’s corporate headquarters did not respond to a request for comment.
One Arizona resident who asked to remain anonymous said that Safeway Pharmacy in Williams, Arizona, filled two of his prescriptions for ivermectin for about $88 each.
On the other hand, a tube of Ivomake Horse Ivermectin at The Western Ranchman Store costs just $8.99, Jonson said.
At Olsen’s Grain Inc. in Davie, Arizona, spokeswoman Cheyenne Brown said the company is also saddened by the recent spike in demand for Evomec.
“We’re having trouble [getting resupplied],” she told The Epoch Times. “We are selling a bunch of it. we don’t usually ask [customers] If it’s for them or their horse. It is interesting, for sure. “
Brown said at least two of the company’s five stores in Arizona have been sold from Evomake in recent weeks.
“We have other types of anthelmintics,” she said. “[Customers] There are options.”
Ivomec producer Boehringer Ingelheim did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
At Gordon Feeds in South Phoenix, Arizona, employee Gordon Grantham said that although he has yet to see an increase in demand for ivermectin products, suppliers seem to be “all done.”
“They’re out of it,” he told The Epoch Times. “I have a few people on the phone who asked about it.”
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