In several states, including Texas, Mississippi and Florida, poison control centers reported an increase in cases and calls related to ivermectin overdose and misuse. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in the week ending August 13, 2021, more than 88,000 prescriptions were written for ivermectin, representing a 24-fold increase from the pre-pandemic baseline of 3,600 prescriptions per week. This meant that some doctors were prescribing the drug to COVID-19, in spite of FDA's position.
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Frank Wallmeyer, along with other owners of farm supply stores in the United States, noticed ivermectin fleeing off the shelves over the past month. Wallmeyer reports that ivermectin sales at his Jacksonville store have almost tripled and that the phone rings daily with questions about the drug.