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Horowitz: The indefensible approval of Pfizer and Merck drugs compared to the snubbing of ivermectin

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Later this week, the FDA plans to approve, as the first outpatient COVID drugs, therapeutics that are extremely dangerous and unproven, even as the agency goes to war against cheap, safe, and proven drugs with a track record of no serious adverse events. The approval is as shocking as it is revealing and should serve as a warning to those who don’t believe the FDA would approve vaccines that aren’t safe and effective.

We already know that every drug the FDA has approved so far for inpatient treatment has an FDA “black box warning” for serious adverse events. At present, the only approved drugs in-patient are remdesivir, baricitinib, and tofacitinib. None of them have demonstrated any efficacy over a year of their use, and remdesivir is known to cause liver toxicity and renal failure. Baricitinib (brand name Olumiant) has an FDA black box warning for blood clots, of all things! Tofacitinib (brand name Xeljanz) has a black box warning for “serious infections and malignancy.” Now, let me introduce you to the first candidates for outpatient treatment: Merck’s molnupiravir (brand name Lagevrio) and Pfizer’s Paxlovid.

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