CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta acknowledged that the community shouldn’t have known as a controversial drug getting used as a COVID-19 treatment a “horse dewormer” — as he was grilled by podcast host Joe Rogan about why the media was “lying” about the treatment.
Gupta was confronted by Rogan about how the community has dealt with its protection of ivermectin, a drug additionally used to deal with or forestall parasites in animals comparable to horses, on the Wednesday episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
“They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta mentioned of the community referring to the treatment as a “horse dewormer.”
The heated alternate over ivermectin started when the pair was discussing Rogan’s bout with the virus earlier this yr.
Rogan, who shouldn’t be vaccinated, mentioned he took the drug along with receiving monoclonal antibodies.
“By the way, I’m glad you’re better,” Gupta informed the podcast host.
“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 mentioned.
“It should bother you too,” Rogan replied. “They’re lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs for veterinary.”
Gupta acknowledged that “calling it a ‘horse dewormer’ is not the most flattering thing.”
“It’s a lie,” Rogan shot again. “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.”
Rogan known as out a few of Gupta’s colleagues, comparable to “OutFront” anchor Erin Burnett, for referring to the treatment as a “livestock drug” with “glee” earlier than summing up his stance on the matter, saying, “The point is that’s a lie.”
“It can be used for humans! I get it,” Gupta mentioned.
“Not just could be used for humans, is often used for humans along with all the other drugs that I took. All human drugs,” the podcast host mentioned. “They know it’s a human drug and they lied. It’s defamatory.”
“Yeah, they shouldn’t have done that,” Gupta replied. “I don’t know if it’s defamatory.”
Despite the tense alternate, Gupta later said he was glad he appeared on the present.
“I walked into the lion’s den and spoke with @joerogan on his podcast for more than 3 hours — vaccines, ivermectin, and much more. Friends tried to get me to turn down his invite, but ultimately I’m glad I did it,” he wrote on Twitter.