According to the Daily Wire, a report published in the Rolling Stone that rural hospitals in Oklahoma are so overrun with Ivermectin overdose patients that in some instances they were unable to treat other patients, has been called in to question.
The Daily Wire noted that a doctor was quoted in the article making the claim.
The story went viral as several media outlets picked it up, including The Guardian, the New York Daily News and Newsweek. MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow also sent out a tweet about the story.
However, since the story was published, the Daily Wire reports that one Oklahoma hospital has questioned the story.
In a statement, Northeastern Health System-Sequoyah noted that though the doctor interviewed in the article has worked at its hospital, it has not treated a single person for an ivermectin overdose, writing:
NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.
All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.
The hospital added that it can’t speak for the doctor, who may have seen overdoses at other hospitals.
Fox News reports that the Rolling Stone has since released a ‘correction’ on the story, though some are jokingly suggesting it means that they can’t even spell ‘retraction’ right.
Ivermectin is a popular horse and pet de-wormer and after reports surfaced that it may also be an effective treatment for COVID, stories emerged of people self-medicating with the drug used by veterinarians, and reportedly overdosing.
Ivermectin is prescribed for treatment of head lice and malaria in humans, but the FDA warns it should not be used in the treatment of COVID.
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