AVA fields increased Ivermectin queries

AThe AVA has been receiving enquiries from journalists about whether vets are being asked for Ivermectin for use as a COVID-19 treatment/prevention in humans, and whether there are concerns about supply of the drug.

The AVA issued a media release which said Ivermectin is primarily used in treating parasites in large animals, and these preparations are very different to those approved for human use.

“Large animal drugs are often very concentrated because they are used in species that weigh a lot more humans do … you should never use medications intended for animals on yourself,” AVA Head of Veterinary and Public Affairs, Cristy Secombe said.

“We have not received reports of any supply issues of Ivermectin, and there are alternative products veterinarians can use in the event of a temporary shortage, so that animal welfare won’t be negatively impacted.”

The AVA is recommending vets reiterate the following if they are asked to supply Ivermectin for reasons other than the treatment of animals:

  • The TGA has made it very clear that Ivermectin is not approved to prevent or treat COVID-19, and there is insufficient evidence to validate the use of Ivermectin in patients with COVID-19. 
  • Animal products containing Ivermectin should not be used in people. These products can cause serious health effects, including death. 
  • If you are worried about COVID-19, please talk to your doctor. 

If you are being asked to supply Ivermectin to the general public, the AVA would like to hear from you on members@ava.com.au.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.