A person from NSW has been fined almost $40,000 for importing thousands of prescription-only drugs known to be used to treat COVID-19 against clinical advice, as Australia reports another 47,000 COVID-19 cases and 45 virus-related deaths.
It is alleged more than 2,500 ivermectin tablets and nearly 10,000 doxycycline capsules were brought into the country in a month, far more than allowed.
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued 15 infringement notices over the matter.
The medicines regulator says “the individual did not have the authority or an exemption to import the medicines, nor did they hold a valid prescription.”
The TGA and the US FDA have both warned consumers about counterfeit ivermectin and strongly advised against self-medicating and self-dosing with it to treat COVID-19.