FDA Refuses to Change Statements on Ivermectin

(RightWing.org) – A court has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was wrong to tell Americans not to use ivermectin during the global pandemic. However, the agency is refusing to withdraw its advice. Now it could be up to another court to order it to take action.

On September 1, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a case brought against the FDA by three doctors who disagreed with the agency’s decision to tell Americans not to use ivermectin as a remedy for the pandemic-causing virus. The court found that the FDA had exceeded its authority in giving that advice. Judge Don Willett wrote, “FDA can inform, but it has identified no authority allowing it to recommend consumers ‘stop’ taking medicine.” In a social media post, the FDA had told Americans, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

Despite the ruling, though, the FDA is refusing to retract the statements it made warning against ivermectin as a treatment for the virus. Its social media posts are still up, as is its web page advising people not to take the drug, which is approved for use in humans as an anti-parasitic medication. 

Technically it doesn’t HAVE to retract its comments, as the appeals court didn’t order it to take any action; the case has been referred back to a lower court to decide what the final outcome should be. However, Dr. Robert Apter, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the FDA, isn’t happy. He said the agency has “an ethical and moral obligation” to stop doing something a court has just told it not to do.

The FDA issued a statement after the ruling, restating its case that ivermectin isn’t approved for treating the virus. It said the agency hasn’t “stated that it is safe or effective” against the disease.   

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