Daily Bread for 9.20.21: Horse Owners Face an Ivermectin Shortage

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 Bryan Pietsch reports Horse owners can’t find ivermectin as Americans flock to unproven coronavirus cure:

Equine ivermectin comes in small tubes and syringes and helps eliminate “many types of worms,” often for less than $10. And lately it’s been hard to find.

Amid the recent clamor for the deworming agent — commonly used on horses, livestock and sometimes dogs and cats — as an unproven covid-19 treatment for humans, people who need to treat their horses with the substance have been faced with empty shelves and the fear that they could be mistaken for the people who are using the drug on themselves.

A syringe of ivermectin paste sold online by QC Supply, a Nebraska-based livestock supply distributor, works on pinworms, hairworms, largemouth stomach worms and more. Each syringe can treat a horse weighing up to 1,250 pounds. But the dewormer is out of stock.

Still, the product remains on the site with the warning: “For Oral Use In Horses Only.”

On the website for Fleet Farm, a livestock supply chain in the Midwest, Horse Health Equine Ivermectin Paste sells for $6.99 but is not available for online orders. It carries a prominent warning telling consumers that “these products are not safe or approved for human use.”


In Las Vegas, V&V Tack and Feed enacted a new requirement for customers trying to buy ivermectin, according to local media reports. The store posted a sign that the drug would be sold only to horse owners. “MUST SHOW A PIC OF YOU AND YOUR HORSE,” the sign read.

A country with the finest vaccines in the world finds many of its people instead taking medicine for horses.

This is a notable failure of education. We — all of us — have taught poorly.

America’s schools — and their leaders — cannot expect to be taken seriously or treated deferentially when they have so negligently taught an entire generation, including ignorant men and women scouring stores for horse paste.

To believe in education is to believe in more than celebrating good ideas; to believe in education requires also a commitment to refuting bad ideas.

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