- Jul 8, 2003
How Pharmacists Are Dealing With the Surge of Shady Ivermectin Prescriptions
Last week, a patient entered Rachel Lee’s pharmacy in an affluent San Diego neighborhood to ask about his ivermectin prescription. She had braced herself for this moment since her pharmacy started getting calls about the drug’s availability.
“I was like, ‘Oh great, here it is. Here’s my first one,’ ” said Lee, who asked that her real name not be used to protect her job at a national chain pharmacy.
The prescription lacked a diagnosis code, which many pharmacists use to ensure a drug is prescribed for valid medical reasons. The prescribing doctor was licensed outside of the state, in Florida. When she called the doctor’s office for more information, an employee said the ivermectin was for prophylactic COVID treatment. Lee turned the patient away.