On Tuesday, popular podcaster Joe Rogan pondered on air whether he should sue CNN over their reports that he was taking a “horse dewormer” and spreading “misinformation” by announcing that he was treating his COVID-19 infection with a host of drugs, including ivermectin.
Rogan’s comments: On Tuesday’s podcast of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan began the show by addressing recent claims made on CNN that he was taking a horse dewormer and spreading misinformation.
“Bro, do I have to sue CNN? They’re making [expletive] up,” began Rogan. “They keep saying I’m taking horse dewormer. I literally got it from a doctor. It’s an American company. They won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for use in human beings, and CNN is saying I’m taking horse dewormer. They must know that’s a lie.”
“They’re trying to make it seem like I’m doing some wacky [expletive] that’s completely ineffective… and CNN was saying that I’m a distributor of misinformation,” he added.
How we got here: Last week, Rogan posted on Instagram to confirm that he had contracted COVID-19, and he “immediately through the kitchen sink at it.”
“All kinds of meds: monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything,” he recounted. “And I also got an NAD and a vitamin drip, and I did that three days in a row, and so here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great.”
Subsequently, CNN anchor Jim Acosta said in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, “[Rogan] says he’s been taking the livestock dewormer ivermectin as well as other treatments that people talk about on the internet and so on. Doesn’t have any effect on COVID, obviously.”
Acosta went on to suggest that Rogan was “a part of the problem” with misinformation and disinformation concerning COVID-19.
Worth noting: The confusion between the statements made by Rogan and Acosta appears to hinge on the fact that there have been reports of people taking large doses of ivermectin ordinarily used to treat livestock rather than versions of the drug designed for humans.
The United States Food and Drug Administration issued a statement concerning ivermectin due to “multiple reports of patients who have required medical attention, including hospitalization, after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for livestock.”
The statement goes on to explain that while ivermectin is approved for human use to treat some infections, such as those caused by parasitic worms and head lice, “[t]he FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals.”
In that same press release, the FDA did state that clinical trials are currently being conducted to study the efficacy of administering ivermectin tablets for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
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