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Horowitz: Ivermectin being confiscated by customs while Chinese fentanyl pours through the mail

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Never before have drugs as safe as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin been deliberately demonized to the point that pharmacies refused to fill prescriptions. So countless Americans who were desperate for COVID treatment turned to Indian vendors for relief. Now, I’m getting numerous complaints from podcast listeners that they are having their packages confiscated by customs and the FDA. Meanwhile, Chinese fentanyl pours through the mail and other lethal drugs come over our border in plain sight, as even dark red states relax restrictions on marijuana. Welcome to a perfect morally bankrupt America.

Some of us never thought our government was capable of getting tough on border security, but one listener sent me a notice from the FDA’s Division of Northern Border Imports at a Chicago airport showing that her package is being held at customs. No, there are no illicit drugs. The package contained ivermectin, doxycycline, and zinc. All three are being held – even the zinc!

In the Notice of FDA Action, the inspection officials hide behind the fact that Section 801(a) of the FD&C Act gives them authority to go after products made by foreign facilities that aren’t proven to meet their standards. However, we all know that this has nothing to do with concern that somehow the products have manufacturing faults or impurities, but rather a back-door means of banning the FDA-approved ivermectin (and anything else that happens to work to treat COVID).

Federal courts have ruled in the past that the FDA can’t effectively use an import alert to change the rules of admissibility for a range of products without prior notice. For example, in 1992, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled (Benten v. Kessler) that an import alert banning previously admissible abortifacient drugs constituted a substantive rule subject to notice-and-comment rulemaking. Although officials don’t claim to ban ivermectin in this notice, that is clearly their intent based on their laser-beam focus on this drug.

And speaking of enforcement priorities, perhaps their time would be better spent on searching imports of Chinese fentanyl, you know, the drug that is killing tens of thousands of people per year. The fentanyl comes in the mail and also comes from the Mexican cartels, which get shipments from China. The open-borders mass migration being induced by the Biden administration is the perfect ploy for the cartels to get their poison into our country. Isn’t that a more pressing issue?

It is shocking that government is attacking a drug that already is considered a safe, essential, and wonderous medicine, with FDA approval for years. It’s the last candidate to choose to begin an unprecedented and illegal war against long-standing medicines.

Once a drug is approved and particularly safe, we don’t even need data on efficacy as long as there’s informed consent. Even so, 53 studies from 48 independent teams in 22 different countries show statistically significant improvements in isolation against SARS-CoV-2. Even if one wants to quibble with relying on a few of them alone, the preponderance of evidence, in conjunction with understanding its 20 mechanisms of action against SARS-CoV-2, makes it incontrovertibly effective to some degree, and certainly in conjunction with other anti-inflammatories and supplements.

Just last week, University of Miami researchers published a retrospective study in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases of mortality outcomes among COVID patients treated with ivermectin versus those treated with remdesivir. The results showed a 69% reduction in mortality for those using ivermectin as compared to remdesivir, with a very high confidence interval. Incidentally, 69% is the exact reduction in mortality indicated in the Malaysian randomized controlled trial published in JAMA that Big Pharma tried to use to discredit ivermectin (by pursuing a random and impossible mid-level end-point). The outcome was slightly underpowered (at 91% confidence interval instead of the standard 95%), but again, the preponderance of evidence shows it works. And what about remdesivir? How is that even still on the market?

So, while ivermectin is treated worse than fentanyl, blocked at the ports, and shunned by pharmacies, Biden is now issuing an order that people can test for COVID and automatically get Pfizer’s and Merck’s drugs at the pharmacy. Let’s get this straight: One of the best drugs on the market with full approval for years is criminalized — with pharmacies having the ability to block it — yet two very new emergency-approval drugs with dangerous mechanisms of action, no independent proven efficacy beyond the manufactures’ own propaganda, and numerous contraindications with the very people for whom it is approved (high risk) can now be administered by a pharmacist — without a doctor? Our government has now made doctors into drug cartels and pharmacists into doctors, enabling Walgreens to block safe drugs and illegally administer dangerous and novel drugs without a doctor’s prescription!

There is no question that the war on off-label drugs is being waged by Big Pharma, which controls the global governments and the media. This news comes at a time when Dr. Tess Lawrie released a film showing how one researcher for the World Health Organization made a complete U-turn on support for ivermectin, leaving no doubt that strings are being pulled from the top.

What’s the GOP response? While there are numerous bills circulating in legislative bodies, very few of them have been signed into law. In South Dakota, with a 32-3 GOP majority in the Senate, a 62-8 majority in the house, and Kristi Noem as governor, the bill to ensure doctors can safely prescribe ivermectin was defeated. Yet South Dakota voters will have the opportunity to allow recreational marijuana in the state via a ballot referendum in November. Alabama is another allegedly conservative state that has allowed a recreational marijuana bill to pass out of a Senate committee, while completely failing to take action on a bill ensuring doctors are not punished for prescribing an FDA-approved drug.

The fact that the war on safe, effective, and established treatments is occurring precisely during the period of the most liberal deregulation of substances previously regarded as dangerous, as well as the expedited use of novel and emergency therapies, should tell you everything you need to know about the state of medicine in this country.
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