Leah points out during their show "Headline News" on Brighteon.TV that ivermectin helped people recover faster from the disease and also played a key role in lowering the number of new infections and hospitalizations in India.
The sisters note that news networks are unfavorably framing ivermectin as just a veterinary medicine. Federal agencies are doing the same.
Rogan has slammed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for posting on Twitter about ivermectin being a drug for horses and cows. "Why would you say that when you're talking about a drug that's been given out to billions and billions of people, a drug that was responsible for one of the inventors of it making Nobel Prize in 2015?" Rogan asks.
But his heated discussion with Gupta has attracted more attention. It started while they were discussing Rogan's bout with COVID-19 earlier this year. Rogan said that he took ivermectin in addition to receiving monoclonal antibodies.
The host noted that mainstream media were lying about him taking horse medication, which bothered him as there are ivermectin doses specifically meant for humans.
"It's a lie. It's a lie on a news network … and it's a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. They're unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine," he said. Rogan then called out some of Gupta's colleagues from CNN for referring to ivermectin as a "livestock drug" before summing up that the description is simply a lie.
Gupta acknowledged that calling ivermectin a "horse dewormer" was not in good taste. "It can be used for humans. I get it," Gupta conceded.
"Not just could be used for humans, is often used for humans along with all the other drugs that I took. All human drugs. They know it's a human drug and they lied. It's defamatory," Rogan went on.
Physicians have prescribed ivermectin for COVID-19. Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, a physician, admits that he has prescribed ivermectin to a patient diagnosed with the disease. In a statement, Harris has said that he prescribed ivermectin as a treatment for early COVID because data from India and elsewhere have supported its off-label use.
The effectiveness of ivermectin and its derivatives in treating parasitic worm infections has transformed human and veterinary medicine and led to a Nobel Prize for the researchers who discovered it – William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura.
Ivermectin, while approved mostly for animal use, has a human-grade equivalent that can be used to treat some parasitic worms, head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.
In 2020, a paper made public showed that ivermectin can suppress the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus under laboratory conditions.
There are two key ways in which the drug could prevent this replication. First is to prevent the virus from suppressing the cells' natural antiviral responses, and second is to prevent the spike protein on the surface of the virus from binding with receptors that allow them to enter cells – making ivermectin an effective treatment in viral diseases that causes significant inflammation. (Related: Media smear campaign against ivermectin timed to clear market for Pfizer's new ivermectin-like clone drug, which will be hailed as a "miracle".)
The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19. But under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines, it is marked as one of the drugs in a chart titled "Characteristics of Antiviral Agents that are Approved or Under Evaluation for the Treatment of COVID-19."
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