KENNEWICK -- The Ranch and Home store on Columbia Center Boulevard has seen a dramatic increase in interest for Ivermectin paste, meant to treat parasites in horses, due to misinformation that it can prevent and treat COVID.
Employees at the store say they might be out of the horse medicine until December. They also tell us they receive daily inquiries about the drug which is not FDA approved for human consumption.
The store has several signs near the Ivermectin display that clearly inform customers that this type of Ivermectin is not meant for human consumption.
One sign reads, "Does Ivermectin treat Covid-19? No. While there are approved uses for Ivermectin in people and animals, it is not approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19."
Doctors across the country are warning people about the dangers of using Ivermectin for unapproved uses.
However, Action News was the first to report a Kennewick physician that is advertising the parasite drug to patients.
Despite warnings from experts, people are still ingesting medicines that are specifically made for farm animals.
Employees at Ranch and Home also tell us that they would normally have the drug in stock under normal circumstances. Employees confirm that the drug has been in high demand due to COVID-19, and not for horses and cows.