Doctors to Sen. Ron Johnson: stop promoting horse dewormer Ivermectin as COVID cure

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin physicians gathered virtually Monday to share a message with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson: please stop pushing Ivermectin as a cure for COVID-19.

They also had a message for Wisconsin residents, asking them to listen to the information being shared by the majority of qualified health professionals, and not politicians.

Their calls come as hospitals are filling up again with COVID-19 cases, with nearly 88 percent of hospital beds in Wisconsin currently full.

“As not just a physician but also a resident of Wisconsin, it’s shocking and appalling that any grown person, let alone our elected senator, would promote Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19,” Dr. Bob Freedland said Monday.

In the meantime, Wisconsinites have been calling the Wisconsin Poison Center about ingesting Ivermectin at a significantly higher rate than last year with side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. It’s recommended to call the Poison Center right away if Ivermectin is ingested.