Anti-parasite drug used on Arkansas jail’s inmates for COVID

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail have been prescribed ivermectin to combat COVID-19, despite warnings from federal health officials that the antiparasitic drug should not be used to treat the coronavirus. Washington County’s sheriff confirmed Tuesday night that the jail’s health provider had been prescribing the drug, but did not say how many inmates have been given the drug. Ivermectin has been used on both people and animals for some parasitic worms and for head lice and skin conditions. But the FDA has not approved its use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.

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