Rolling Stone Caught Peddling Fake News Again — But Hasn’t Even Corrected the Headline

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Rolling Stone magazine is in hot water for publishing fake news about an alleged rash of Ivermectin overdoses that they reported were taking over the emergency rooms in Oklahoma. From Rolling Stone’s original report: The rise in people using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug usually reserved for deworming horses or livestock, as a treatment or preventative for Covid-19 has emergency rooms “so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting” access to health facilities, an emergency room doctor in Oklahoma said. First, Ivermectin is not just a dewormer for horses and livestock. It is actually a Nobel prize-winning drug that has saved the lives of many people suffering a variety of problems from lymphatic filariasis to malaria. William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases. […] The doctor Rolling Stone interviewed, Dr. Jason McElyea, didn’t even work at the emergency room he claimed was overrun by nonexistent Ivermectin overdoses.

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