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Concerns raised about prescribing & dispensing of Ivermectin in Alberta

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It appears a small number of doctors and pharmacists across Alberta are prescribing and dispensing Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

The Alberta College of Pharmacy and the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Alberta have released a joint statement saying they are “very concerned about a small number of physicians and pharmacists who are spreading misinformation related to the appropriateness of Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.”

Both Colleges stress that Health Canada and Alberta Health Services do not recommend this drug be used when it comes to the coronavirus.

“In this light, Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use either the veterinary or human drug versions of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. There is no evidence that ivermectin in either formulation is safe or effective when used for those purposes. The human version of ivermectin is authorized for sale in Canada only for the treatment of parasitic worm infections in people.” – Health Canada

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Ivermectin is usually given to treat parasites in animals. It is said be dangerous to humans in large quantities.

A few weeks back we reported that a number of Alberta livestock feed stores had been inundated with calls and emails from people looking to buy the dewormer.

The two Colleges say they do not feel these behaviours align with a doctor’s or pharmacist’s professional responsibility to their patients and have sent out a directive that Ivermectin not be given out to Albertans, in any form, when it comes to treating or preventing COVID-19.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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