Sparks, Nev. - September 16, 2021
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is
warning against the human use of ivermectin animal products. Veterinary
formulations of ivermectin can vary greatly and have not been proven safe or
effective in humans.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
reported that ivermectin animal products are being purchased for the unapproved
treatment or prevention of COVID-19,” said NDA State Veterinarian Dr. Amy
Mitchell. “Concerns about COVID-19 should be discussed with a physician or
On Aug. 30, the FDA Center for Veterinary
Medicine sent a letter to veterinarians and animal product retailers informing
them of serious illness caused by consuming ivermectin formulations meant for
horses, cattle and sheep. Ivermectin
in human or veterinary formulations have not been approved for use as COVID-19
treatment or prevention.
FDA stated in this letter that “treating human medical conditions with
veterinary drugs can be very dangerous. The drug may not work at all, or it
could worsen the illness and/or lead to serious, potentially life-threatening
Additionally, the improper use of ivermectin
animal products is causing a shortage for animals that need it. Officials received reports of local shortages of some
veterinary-use approved ivermectin products.
“Veterinarians are reporting difficulty in
obtaining veterinary formulations of ivermectin,” said Dr. Mitchell. “This creates
barriers for veterinarians in providing necessary animal medical care.”
Veterinarians are encouraged to report shortages
in veterinary-use approved ivermectin products to AnimalDrugShortages@fda.hhs.gov.
Individuals concerned about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 are
encouraged to discuss options with their health care providers. Visit nvhealthresponse.nv.gov for more
information on COVID-19 in Nevada.
About the Nevada Department of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and
promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 150 dedicated employees
providing services in its five divisions, Administration, Animal Industry,
Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Industry. The department’s
$232 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in
agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and
environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and
oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and
community nutrition programs.