The Amazon platform directs users to an anti-parasitic drug that it falsely claims is a treatment for the coronavirus. The drug, called ivermectin, is usually used to treat or prevent parasites in animals.
And in recent weeks, it has become the latest false cure for coronavirus, leading to warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When you search for the term iv on Amazon, the website’s autocomplete function suggests a range of ivermectin products, including ivermectin pills, ivermectin paste, and ivermectin injections.
Auto-completed search results are a sign that enough people have searched for ivermectin as the platform’s search algorithm has been automatically trained to place it at the top of suggested results.
User reviews of some products seem to point to false claims that ivermectin is a treatment for coronavirus.
and in List Separate ivermectin, one reviewer provided dosing directions and included a link to a website promoting misinformation about the coronavirus, including that ivermectin is safe and effective for treating the virus.
A spokesperson for the platform said: “Amazon’s autocomplete suggestions are driven by customer activity. We are blocking some autocomplete responses to address these concerns.
The platform added notice For research on ivermectin for humans, he notes that the Food and Drug Administration advises against using ivermectin to treat or prevent coronavirus. The notice directs users to visit the Food and Drug Administration website for more information.
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Wrong information about Corona treatment invades the Amazon platform
Ivermectin can be used by humans in small doses to treat parasites such as head lice. But veterinarians commonly use it to get rid of large animal worms.
While it has been referred to as a useful drug for the treatment of some parasitic diseases. But it has not been shown to be effective against the coronavirus or other viruses.
However, the drug has garnered a lot of attention, including in some Facebook groups and Reddit communities.
Prescriptions written for ivermectin are 24 times higher than they were before the pandemic, according to the CDC.
About 3,600 prescriptions for ivermectin are usually written per week. Since early July 2021, outpatient ivermectin disbursement has begun to increase again rapidly, reaching more than 88,000 prescriptions in the week ending August 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
And earlier this month, issued US Food and Drug Administration advice warns Americans not to take ivermectin.
Amazon has previously faced scrutiny over the sale of products with misleading claims about the coronavirus in its markets.
And last February, amid a spike in products suspected of the coronavirus, the company added a notice for searches for coronavirus, Covid-19, n95 mask, and other terms that directed users to the CDC for more information about the prevention and treatment of the disease.
Amazon has struggled to remove books and other products that contain misinformation about the coronavirus.
and found recent study Conducted by researchers from the University of Washington, more than 10 percent of Amazon search results show products that promote false health information.
The researchers examined books, e-books, audiobooks, clothing and nutritional supplements.
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