Story at a glance:

  • “They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta said of the network referring to the medication as a “horse dewormer.”
  • The FDA has warned the public against using ivermectin to treat COVID-19, as it is not approved for that use.
  • “[Ivermectin] can be used for humans! I get it,” Gupta said.

Joe Rogan and Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, faced off on the comedian’s podcast. 

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Gupta admits that ivermectin should not be characterized as only a “livestock drug,” the New York Post reported.


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“They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta said of the network referring to the medication as a “horse dewormer.”

As Changing America previously reported, Rogan was considering suing CNN because the network labeled ivermectin as a controversial drug for treating COVID-19.

CNN has focused on ivermectin as a drug used to treat or prevent parasites in animals such as horses. That’s true, but only part of the story, Gupta admitted.

Rogan, who tested positive for COVID-19 in early September, credits ivermectin for his recovery, believing the drug has a bad reputation from medical experts who are “pretending they don’t really work or they are conspiracy theories,” and CNN is “making shit up.”

The FDA has warned the public against using it to treat COVID-19, as it is not approved for that use.

As of now, Rogan is still not vaccinated.

“By the way, I’m glad you’re better,” Gupta told Rogan.

“Thank you. You’re probably the only one at CNN who’s glad … The rest of them are all lying about me taking horse medication,” Rogan replied.

“That bothered you,” Gupta said.

“It should bother you too,” Rogan replied. “They’re lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs for veterinary.”

While Gupta conceded that calling ivermectin a “horse dewormer” is not flattering, Rogan told the CNN correspondent that his network lied.

“It’s a lie,” Rogan shot back. “It’s a lie on a news network … and it’s a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”

One of Rogan’s examples came from CNN anchor Erin Burnett of "OutFront" who referred to the medicine as a “livestock drug.”

Gupta told the audience, “[ivermectin] can be used for humans! I get it.”

“Yeah, they shouldn’t have done that,” Gupta added. “I don’t know if it’s defamatory.”

 


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Published on Oct 15, 2021