A retired marine from Albert Lea, Minnesota, plans to sue Walmart after a pharmacist refused to fill his doctor's prescription for ivermectin to treat his case of COVID-19.

Bill Salier, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Somalia and a former U.S. Senate candidate, shared his story on the "Steve Deace Show," describing how a local Walmart pharmacist refused to fulfill a doctor's prescription for ivermectin for both him and his wife, who had each come down with COVID-19.

Salier, 53, told BlazeTV host Steve Deace that After feeling sick and being diagnosed with COVID-19, he attempted to receive monoclonal antibody treatments by applying through the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform, but his requests went unanswered.

"We never so much as heard a word back, not even in acknowledgment that the requests had been put in," Salier recalled.

Failing that, Salier obtained a doctor's prescription for ivermectin, a drug approved for use

against parasites but not Food and Drug Administration authorized for use in treating COVID-19. The Biden administration, state health departments, and Merck, the manufacturer of the drug, have all warned against the use of it for treating COVID-19.

The FDA has specifically warned against the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19, stating, "Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19."

"Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing," the agency noted.

Nevertheless, groups like the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance and America's Frontline Doctors have touted the drug's benefits, claiming the Nobel-prize winning drug is very effective at treating COVID-19. Many scientists disagree, highlighting flaws in studies cited in support for ivermectin as a COVID treatment and urging people that more research is necessary before the drug should be prescribed for COVID patients.

In response, pharmacies and hospitals in the U.S. have generally followed the government's recommendations and have denied ivermectin to COVID-19 patients. Salier says that's what happened to him and his wife.

Salier says he and his wife were left in "limbo" after the pharmacist continued to deny them access to ivermectin, even after their physician called him to discuss the matter.

"We were faced with either continuing to suffer and quite possibly ending up in the hospital," he told Deace, explaining that they decided to take a risk and purchased a horse paste version of the drug

that is not intended for human consumption and could be dangerous if overdosed.

"I was forced with this decision, and I was either going to lay there, suffer, and be at life's peril of losing my time with my family, or I was going to eat that horse paste. And down the hatch, it went," Salier proclaimed.

Fortunately, Salier did not overdose and reported to Deace that "within eight hours," he began to feel relief from his COVID-19 symptoms.

Now, he says he wants a reckoning with Walmart and the pharmacist who denied him access to ivermectin.

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