Police have arrested a 43-year-old man for illegally being in possession of ivermectin, valued at R100,000. Mawande Kheswa has more. Courtesy #DStv403
DURBAN - Authorities are clamping down on the dispensing of ivermectin -- a drug used to kill parasites in animals - and which is baselessly being touted as a treatment for COVID-19.
The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) does not recommend its use.
Police have already arrested a 43-year-old man for illegally being in possession of ivermectin valued at 100,000.
SAHPRA's Yuven Gounden said a Pakistani national was arrested at the King Shaka international airport on Tuesday.
"He had over 2,000 ivermectin tablets as well as other illegal medication to treat blood pressure," Gounden said.
"He was arrested and a charge laid against him."
Gounden said ivermectin hasn't been tested and that it is considered unsafe.
* eNCA's Mawande Kheswa reports.