Claims That Pfizer COVID-19 Treatment is Ivermectin Circulate on Social Media

A social media post claims that a potential new COVID-19 treatment from Pfizer is just rebranded ivermectin, based on the fact that both drugs are protease inhibitors, a class of drugs that are primarily used to treat HIV and hepatitis C. Many protease inhibitor treatments exist and they are not interchangeable. Ivermectin and the new Pfizer treatment are structurally quite different and would not have the same effect in COVID-19 patients.

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