It seems like Amazon is not doing anything against its spread.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Dieter Bohn of The Verge tackled how Amazon is currently solving the spread of inquiries about the controversial drug, Ivermectin. By entering the first two letters of the drug, Bohn already found several searches about the said drug. In an interview with Amazon, the company explained that they already fixed the issue. Until now, though, the search engine is still the same.
Ivermectin searches increased on Amazon
FDA-approved Ivermectin drug is a medicine to treat parasite infections, according to the official US Food and Drug website. Despite it being used for people, Ivermectin recently got popularized because of claims that the drug can cure COVID-19. However, FDA already announced that this is not based on any scientific claims.
Unfortunately, a lot of people around the world still believe in these claims. In fact, most social media platforms have already put labels on Ivermectin news to tell people about its insufficient COVID-19 ability to cure people. Despite all these, Amazon still has one of the most active audiences looking for the said drug.
According to The Verge report, the Amazon algorithm points out many things about Ivermectin. For example, as Tech Visibility searches the product on Amazon, keywords like “ivermectin for horses, ivermectin paste, ivermectin pills, ivermectin injectable, ivermectin liquid, and ivermectin tablets” were found.
Amazon says they already solved the issue
As of this writing, the said keywords are still available on the Amazon platform. However, the online commerce platform explained that they already solved the said issue.
In the same report of The Verge, Amazon spokesperson Craig Andrews said that “Amazon’s autocomplete responses are driven by customer activity. We are blocking certain autocomplete responses to address these concerns.”
Ivermectin fake news misinformation
In a report from NBC News, the Ivermectin drug is now the latest fake cure against COVID-19. No one knows where the claims started about the said drug. However, before it got popularized, Ivermectin was already known as the “wonder drug” used originally to deworm livestock animals, particularly horses.
Dr. Nathan Boonstra, a pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, believed that “anti-vax” people were the ones that spread the news about Ivermectin as a “COVID cure.”
“It’s hard to understand why people would turn down an FDA-approved Covid preventative in favor of a treatment that’s not only unapproved but has a large body of evidence showing it doesn’t work,” said the co-host of the podcast “Voices for Vaccines.” “But antivax groups will eat up any opportunity to make it seem like a vaccine isn’t needed. This has been true about anti-vaccine groups long before the pandemic.”
As reiterated by FDA, the agency does not recommend Ivermectin as a cure for COVID-19. They said that the agency has not yet approved the drug as any cure for viruses. It warned to: “Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.”