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A Republican congressman from Maryland, who is also a licensed physician, said he gave patients the drug Ivermectin to treat the early stages of COVID-19.

“I have been prescribed ivermectin as a treatment for early COVID-19,” U.S. Representative Andy Harris, who represents Maryland’s first congressional district, said in a statement. Granthshala 5 DC. “Data from India and elsewhere supports that off-label use. Off-label prescribing is commonly done for many medical ailments.”

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Harris, who was a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a medical officer in the Naval Reserve, and a state senator before coming to Congress, still practices part-time at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland. He is Maryland’s only Republican representative in Congress.

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It comes as at least two dozen lawsuits have been filed around the US, several in recent weeks, of people seeking to compel hospitals to give ivermectin to their COVID-stricken loved ones, It is a drug for parasites that has been promoted as a treatment by conservative commentators. . This medicine is not authorized or approved by the FDA to prevent or treat COVID-19. Ivermectin abuse and overdoses climbed amid the pandemic, according to a recent health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating a call to poison control centers on ivermectin-related poisoning.

“Dr. Andy Harris is not employed as a physician by the University of Maryland Medical System nor UM Shore Regional Health,” Maryland Shore Regional Health University said in a statement. WBAL-TV. “Dr. Harris contracts with an independent physician group that provides anesthesia and other medical services to UM SRH hospitals. Contracting with groups providing specialized clinical services for hospitals is a common practice throughout the industry. ”

The statement continued, “Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by the FDA for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 and has not been shown to be safe or effective for these indications.” “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel also determined that there are currently insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.”

The many accepted uses for humans include conditions caused by parasitic worms as well as head lice and rosacea. Interest in the drug began to grow late last year and early this, when studies – some later withdrawn, in other countries – seemed to suggest that ivermectin had some potential and was a part of conversation among conservatives on social media. became a hot topic. .

A study from June 2020 showed that a single dose of ivermectin reduced the viral load of COVID in cells by 99.8% over 24 hours and found that “Ivermectin is an inhibitor of the COVID-19 causative virus (SARS-CoV-2). in vitro.”

Hospitals have pushed back against the lawsuits, saying their standards of care do not allow them to give patients a drug that is not approved for COVID and could potentially harm, and that the general public And allowing judges to eliminate medical professionals is a dangerous roadblock. to go down.

WBAL-TV reported that the American Pharmacists Association and the American Medical Association issued a statement in September saying that both organizations, “outside of clinical trials ordering ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19, Strongly oppose the prescribing or distribution.”

Granthshala News’ Kayla Rivas and