Lawmaker warns vs online sale of ivermectin
MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela City Rep. Wesley Gatchalian warned the public on Monday against “abusive” online merchants selling the animal drug ivermectin as treatment against COVID-19.
Gatchalian said there had been an increase in the number of Ivermectin products sold online amid the pandemic. While e-commerce sites like Lazada have clearly classified Ivermectin as a veterinary drug, Gatchalian said there might be “unscrupulous individuals” who would take advantage of the leniency of online selling sites to make the antiparasitic drug easily accessible.
He said some online sellers even jacked up the price of Ivermectin after word spread online that it could cure the deadly disease.
“I just want to remind the public that this drug has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human use and may be highly harmful to the health,” Gatchalian said.