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Rand Paul Claims 'Hatred For Trump' Hinders Ivermectin Research

Added 08-30-21 03:54:03pm EST - “After people began purchasing doses meant for horses in order to self-medicate for the coronavirus, the FDA warned against using the drug.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Rand Paul Claims 'Hatred For Trump' Hinders Ivermectin Research”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed that animosity against former President Donald Trump is hindering studies of ivermectin — a drug approved to treat some parasitic worms and often administered to livestock — and its supposed potential to treat or prevent COVID-19 in humans.

“The hatred for Trump deranged these people so much, that they’re unwilling to objectively study it,” Paul said Friday during a town hall in Cold Spring, Kentucky, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the first outlet to report Paul’s remarks.

“Someone like me that’s in the middle on it, I can’t tell you because they will not study ivermectin,” Paul told his audience. “They will not study hydroxychloroquine without the taint of their hatred for Donald Trump.”

Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that Trump touted during his presidency as a treatment for COVID, despite health officials’ concerns about its safety and effectiveness. Studies have shown the drug has no benefit for patients hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Ivermectin is not a drug that is used to treat viruses. Some initial research is being done on the effect of ivermectin on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But after people began purchasing doses meant for horses in order to self-medicate, the Food and Drug Administration warned against using the antiparasitic.

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