TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Local hospitals say they are not allowing the use of certain alternative treatments for COVID-19.
Officials from Franciscan Health and IU Health Arnett said patients have inquired about hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
"Ivermectin is a drug that is available in human formulations, and it's used to treat very specific parasitic diseases," said IU Health Arnett Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Bien. "There are clear indications for its use. It's just not effective and it shouldn't be used in the treatment of COVID-19."
Those medications are not approved to treat the coronavirus, and neither hospital is using them to treat COVID-19 even if a patient requests it.
"We can't force you to do what you don't want to do and conversely, you can't force us to give you medication that we don't believe to be worthwhile and effective," said Franciscan Health Lafayette Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Daniel Wickert.
Ivermectin is used to treat specific parasitic infections, and hydroxychloroquine is used to prevent malaria and treat certain autoimmune conditions.
Both hospitals have not reported any cases of poisonings from hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin.