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Flyers Blanket Kelowna Offers Online Sales of Ivermectin – Kelowna News

A Kelowna man who fills local mailboxes with offers to sell ivermectin says he is doing so to “save lives” from COVID-19.

The flyer started appearing in Kelowna this week under the brand ‘imhere2help’.

“Email me with the promo code below and receive a confidential reply with a wholesale price list. Local pick-up, delivery or national shipment possible,” the flyer reads.

When Castanet contacted him by email, salesperson Michael Lindstrom said he’s happy to hear that his flyers are gaining popularity “because there are countless people who are suffering and really need this drug.”

Ivermectin was developed 40 years ago as an antiparasitic agent for use in both animals and humans. Some have held back on the drug as a treatment for COVID-19, but repeated studies have failed to prove its effectiveness.

“There is no evidence that ivermectin works to prevent or treat COVID-19, and it is not authorized for this use,” Health Canada says online.

But Lindstrom is a believer.

“I have invested specifically in ivermectin to save lives for everyone suffering from Covid,” he said in an email to Castanet.

“Not only has this proven to be a very effective treatment against covid, but I have personally witnessed numerous reports of all sorts of completely unrelated illnesses being cured, which was a pleasant surprise.”

Lindstrom declined to comment on how he got the drug and the legality of his surgery.

“What I’ll tell you is that I’ve had this drug for over a year and I’ve given away significantly more than I’ve sold. I decided from day one that I would not withhold this drug from anyone who needs it under any circumstances – period.”

He claims he ran his business at a loss in an effort to get the drug into the hands of the public.

“While some will argue whether what I’m doing is legal or not, I will continue to do what is right,” he said.

Lindstrom claims he sells human grade ivermectin. While veterinary ivermectin — usually horse paste — can be purchased at feed stores, the human formulation requires a doctor’s prescription and a pharmacist’s license to dispense. Lindstrom does not claim to be a pharmacist.

Health Canada reported an increase in poisoning reports related to ivermectin in the summer of 2021, as it became a darling of the vaccine-skeptical community with animal variants of the drug at much higher concentrations.

Lindstrom’s website sells ivermectin tablets for $5 each and appears to accept PayPal for payment processing. It lists an address of a Kelowna townhome as the location, an indication of how open the business is.

When contacted for comment, Health Canada referred Castanet to an online page that said anyone buying drugs online can put their health at serious risk.

“This is especially true if you order prescription drugs without being personally examined by a health care provider,” Health Canada said.

“A simple search on the Internet turns up hundreds of websites that sell drugs. Some online pharmacies are legitimate, but many offer products and services that are dangerous. Some sell drugs that are not approved for use in Canada for safety reasons. Some are taking advantage of people desperate for help by offering ‘miracle cures’ for serious illnesses such as cancer,” the agency continued.

“What they don’t tell you is that it’s dangerous to take a prescription drug without being personally examined and monitored by a health care provider to make sure the drug is helping you.”

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