The Associated Press had to issue a correction on a story in August where it claimed that 70% of poison control calls in Mississippi were about the controversial COVID treatment drug Ivermectin.
In reality, only 2% of the state’s poison control center calls were about the drug. The botched statistic was actually that 70% of the calls about Ivermectin were regarding “medicine purchased at livestock supply centers used to treat humans.”
Ivermectin has not been FDA-approved for treating the coronavirus, but people are attempting to use it for that purpose after anecdotal reports that it is effective against the virus.
It can cause side effects including rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurological disorders and potentially severe hepatitis if too large a dose causes toxicity.
Most of the callers had only minor effects from the drug, but one woman was referred to the hospital because of the large dose she took.
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