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GOP Lawmaker Tom Rice Slams Republicans Pushing Ivermectin Instead of Vaccines

GOP Lawmaker Tom Rice Slams Republicans Pushing Ivermectin Instead of Vaccines

Congressman Tom Rice, a South Carolina Republican, slammed members of his own party in a Facebook post on Friday who have pushed ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

Rice posted his comments came after a South Carolina news outlet, The Sun News based in Myrtle Beach, reported that leaders of the Horry County Republican Party held a meeting that discussed the drug as a COVID-19 cure, even though health experts have not approved it to treat the virus.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised concerns about using ivermectin to treat coronavirus. The drug is approved by the FDA to treat people who have intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms. It has also been approved to prevent heartworm disease in some animals. However, the FDA has not approved ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19, and the agency has received multiple reports of people who have been hospitalized by self-medicating with the drug. It is also possible to overdose on ivermectin, which can cause an array of side effects, according to the agency.

Rice has previously challenged fellow Republicans. Following the January 6thย  Capitol riot, he was one of 10 GOP lawmakers to vote to impeach Donald Trump. Since then, he has received backlash in South Carolina’s heavily Republican 7th Congressional District.

“That the leaders of the Horry County Republican Party believe it is appropriate to advocate for medical treatment for any illness is simply insane,” Rice wrote. “Especially in the middle of a plague, and in opposition to the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and 95% of the physicians in the country. Folks, talk to your doctor if you want medical advice.”

The Horry County GOP wrote in own response to Rice: “The congressman is rightโ€”this isn’t about politics. It’s about informing members of our party of early treatment for the COVID-19 virus, so that they are informed of their options early onโ€”in case they do find themselves with COVID. Political intervention in this virus is what finds us staring at a medical establishment who can’t get it right, and a political establishment who toes that line in order to not upset their masters apple cart.”

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