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An In-Depth Look at Ivermectin

In April, several media outlets reported the success of an in vitro study conducted in Australia regarding the antiviral effects of ivermectin on the virus that causes COVID-19. After the story about ivermectin broke on social media, some farm stores removed ivermectin from their shelves, in fear of people buying it to self medicate.

Ivermectin was discovered in 1975. It became commercially available in 1981 and soon became the top-selling veterinary drug in the world, earning the title of “wonder drug.” It has been used to deworm small ruminants for decades.


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