- AP reported 70% of poison calls in Mississippi were for ivermectin. The true number is reportedly 1.4%.
Leah Willingham of the Associated Press (AP) joins Rolling Stone in having to correct an embarrassing error, as propagandists try to controversialize the medicine ivermectin to treat Covid-19.
Both news agencies have passed along widely false information as they state or imply that leagues of uninformed people across the country are poisoning themselves with ivermectin.
The AP report on August 23 falsely stated that 70% of recent calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center were from people who had ingested ivermectin to try to treat COVID-19.
The actual number was reportedly around 2% or, as calculated by another news organization, 1.4%, not 70%.
AP says the incorrect information was provided by the Mississippi Department of Health. AP corrected its story to state that about 2% of calls were related to ivermectin and 70% of the 2% were released to the animal formulation of the drug.
Propagandists and public health officials have been trying to dissuade people from using ivermectin to treat Covid-19, although many scientists and physicians say it has proven highly effective in some people.
Ivermectin is FDA-approved in humans for other uses. Like two of the Covid-19 vaccines, ivermectin is not FDA-approved for Covid-19. However, off-label use, prescription of medicine by a doctor for other maladies is common in the U.S. and is legal.