As a department of America’s federal Health agency, the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for public health rules, including prescription medicines. And the FDA “has not changed its position that currently available clinical trial data do not demonstrate that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19,” they confirmed to CNN this week. “The agency has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19.”

But there was also a lawsuit. In “one of its more popular pandemic-era social media campaigns,” the agency tweeted out “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The post attracted nearly 106,000 likes — and over 46,000 reposts, and was followed by another post on Instagram. “Stop it with the #ivermectin. It’s not authorized for treating #COVID.”

Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik writes that the posts triggered a “groundless” lawsuit:

It was those latter two lines

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