In late 2021, AFN reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had created a webpage titled "Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19."
"You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it," it read.
"Q: Should I take ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19? Answer: No," the page continued.
But according to lawyers for the FDA in a recent courtroom hearing, those were mere suggestions, not mandates.
Pro-ivermectin Dr. Peter McCullough, who has been trying to hold these agencies accountable for their misdeeds, says the medical community understood that the government was forbidding them to prescribe the drug.
"The FDA had no role in making any drug suggestions whatsoever on COVID-19," he says. "The FDA greatly misled America, they worked to confuse the public, and they created fear among doctors."
Dr. McCullough – a renowned cardiologist and highly published medical scientist whose confrontation of the government's COVID-19 policies has drawn more than 40 million views on Joe Rogan's podcast – says the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and the FDA all played a part in the greatest act of malpractice in American medicine.
"I think these agencies and medical groups have actually worked to suppress all forms of early treatment, and by doing so, they've promoted fear, suffering, hospitalization, and death," he submits.
Dr. McCullough points out that the community standard of care is established by doctors who are treating patients, not by these agencies that have not treated anyone.
"If the FDA would've remained completely silent and let doctors do their job finding the best drugs to treat COVID-19, we could have saved 2/3 of the lives lost and spared 2/3 of the hospitalizations that unnecessarily occurred in our country," the cardiologist asserts.
The FDA webpage now advises patients to "talk to your healthcare provider about available COVID-19 vaccines and treatment options. Your provider can help determine the best option for you, based on your health history." But the FDA maintains that "the most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 include getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you and following current CDC guidance."