Could misuse of ivermectin for COVID-19 affect Oklahoma ag industry? πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

Scott Mason has been working in agricultural supply for about 17 years and knows what works for his customers, and his associates at Agri Products have to be ready to field questions about products to determine exactly what a customer needs.

Over the years, he’s seen the misuse of agricultural chemicals and medicines and the occasional intervention by authorities to prevent continued abuse. With a coronavirus pandemic stretching into a second year and fourth wave nationwide, a new misuse of livestock deworming medicine is causing some concern for Mason.

β€œWhen we go off label, not only are we responsible for taking the consequences of the way it affects us, but now we have to take responsibility for the way it affects others,” he said.

Ivermax, a brand of ivermectin paste, the livestock anti-parasite drug, in stock at Cook Feed & Outdoor near Remington Park, Thursday, August 26, 2021.

What is ivermectin and how is it used?

Ivermectin is a drug developed in the 1970s as a way to kill parasites in commercial livestock and other animals. Further studies would find it effective in combating some diseases in humans and the drug continues to be used for horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, and it also treats some parasitic infections in humans.

During the pandemic, multiple claims have been made that ivermectin can be used to treat and prevent COVID-19 despite two major studies showing no benefits from the drug. According to a USA TODAY fact-check in August, experts say those findings have been clouded by the publication of lower-quality studies and research with potential sources of bias.

Could misuse of ivermectin for COVID-19 affect Oklahoma ag industry?

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