Don't believe the hype: the so-called miracle 'Covid cure' Ivermectin can kill you

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Demand for Ivermectin has rocketed since now-discredited research suggested it could fight the coronavirus. (Picture: Gallo/ Getty Images)
Demand for Ivermectin has rocketed since now-discredited research suggested it could fight the coronavirus. (Picture: Gallo/ Getty Images)

THE warnings from the experts are dire: this stuff could kill you. It’s intended for animals, not people – yet that hasn’t stopped trade booming across the globe.

Ivermectin first started being touted as a cure for Covid-19 last year and since then illicit sales have been lining pockets far and wide.

Fuelled by a social media frenzy, millions of tablets have been sold in SA and authorities are fighting an ongoing battle against the illegal trade. A container of unregistered medicine from India – most of it Ivermectin – with a market value of R126 million was seized at OR Tambo International Airport a few months ago.

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