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eBay Bans Sale of Certain Pet Meds Citing COVID Policy

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eBay Bans Sale of Certain Pet Meds Citing COVID Policy

eBay has banned the sale of certain pet medication citing its policy around potential cures for COVID-19. The ban applies to products containing Ivermectin on all eBay sites, according to the announcement found on the eBay Australia board.

“Ivermectin is a medication that is commonly found in pet products that are used to treat parasite infestations,” eBay stated. “Research has been released around the potential use of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 in humans.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter in April warning not to use Ivermectin intended for animals as a treatment for COVID-19 in humans. People should never take animal drugs, the agency said in its letter: “FDA is concerned about the health of consumers who may self-medicate by taking ivermectin products intended for animals, thinking they can be a substitute for ivermectin intended for humans.”

The FDA also noted it had established a task force to closely monitor online marketplaces for fraudulent COVID-19 products.

You can find eBay’s July 21st policy announcement on the eBay Australia Announcement Board.

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2 thoughts on “eBay Bans Sale of Certain Pet Meds Citing COVID Policy”

  1. “People should never take animal drugs, the agency said in its letter: “FDA is concerned about the health of consumers who may self-medicate by taking ivermectin products intended for animals, thinking they can be a substitute for ivermectin intended for humans.”

    Seriously? So, what about all the GMO stuff and processed food that is bad for humans? All those “diet” and “healthy” meals laden with sodium? Should you ban all products that some like to sniff? Since kids are being kept out of schools, I guess they won’t have to worry about not having their Elmer’s Glue that they like to smell and even eat (did it myself when I was a kid, but I’m still here lol).

    1. I should clarify that I’m not saying it’s okay for people to take pet meds. What I am saying is that they’re taking this much too far. If they took the same stance against all the other bad stuff out there, what would we have left? Even on grocery shelves?

      People are going to do what they’re going to do. Just like kids sniff and eat glue.

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