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Amazon: Promotes parasitization drug as a treatment for Covid-19

Amazon directs users to a deworming drug that falsely claims to be treatment for Covid-19.

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The drug, called ivermectin, is commonly used to treat or prevent parasites in animals. In recent weeks, it has emerged as the latest false treatment for Covid-19, prompting warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The auto-fill feature on the company's website offers a range of ivermectin products, including "ivermectin pills", "ivermectin paste" and "injectable ivermectin", each time a user searches for the term "iv". The auto-search results show that several people have searched for ivermectin and that Amazon's search algorithm has been trained to automatically place this dewormer at the top of the suggested results.

User reviews of some products have appeared to point to false claims that ivermectin is a treatment for Covid-19.

In a separate list for ivermectin, dosing instructions were even given and there was a link to a site that promotes misinformation about Covid, including ivermectin is "safe and effective" for the treatment of Covid-19.

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The representative of Amazon Craig Andrews he told CNBC"Amazon autofill responses are determined by customer activity. We rule out some auto-completion answers to address these concerns».

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Hours after the story was published, Amazon added a warning to searches for "ivermectin for humans," noting that the FDA advises not to use ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19. Instructs users to visit the FDA website for more information.

Ivermectin can be used by humans in small doses to treat parasites such as head lice, but is more commonly used by veterinarians as a dewormer for large animals. While referred to as the "miracle drug" for the treatment of certain parasitic diseases, it has not been shown to be effective against Covid-19 or other viruses.

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Earlier this month, the FDA issued a warning to Americans not to consume ivermectin. Amazon has been accused in the past of selling products with misleading claims about the coronavirus. Last February, the company added one notice in searches for the terms "coronavirus", "Covid-19", "mask n95".

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