Some are saying it is effective in treating COVID-19, but Health Canada said there is no basis for those claims.
It issued a statement saying that the veterinary version of ivermectin, especially at high doses, can be dangerous for humans and may cause serious health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, seizures, coma and even death. Ivermectin products for animals have a higher concentrated dose than ivermectin products for people.
Some farm supply retailers say demand has become so keen that they have run out. An Alberta retailer took the product off of its shelves.