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FDA agrees to remove COVID-19 posts warning against ivermectin use

The FDA has three weeks to remove the offending article and social media posts across multiple platforms.

Published: March 22, 2024 9:28pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to remove social media posts and online materials warning against the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 after a trio of doctors sued the agency in 2022.

The posts in question included one stating "You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it" and a link to an article advocating against ivermectin use as a COVID-19 treatment, according to The Texan. The FDA agreed to remove its posts as part of an agreement with Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, who was one of the original three plaintiffs.

The case was initially dismissed, though the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals revived the case and sent it back to the lower court, which found that only Bowden had standing. Bowden had highlighted that the accompanying article, entitled "Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19," did not clarify that doctors had legal right to prescribe ivermectin even though the FDA advocated against doing so.

"After nearly two years and a resounding rebuke by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the FDA has agreed to remove its misleading social media posts and consumer directives regarding ivermectin and COVID-19," Bowden told The Texan.

The FDA has three weeks to remove the offending article and social media posts across multiple platforms.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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