Experts weigh in on use of Ivermectin in treatment of Covid-19

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DURBAN - South African epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has warned against the administering of Ivermectin in the treatment of Covid patients. In an interview with IOL on Tuesday, Karim said current evidence with Ivermectin is seriously inadequate for Ivermectin to be prescribed for Covid-19.

"The Ivermectin available in South Africa is for animal use only. It would be professional misconduct for any doctor to prescribe it and any pharmacist to dispense it," he said. Karim, who heads up the Ministerial Health Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19, said until more robust evidence was made available, the routine use of Ivermectin either for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 was not justified.

In a statement by the MAC, Karim said emerging evidence must be actively sought and carefully reviewed. "Reports of clinical trials of Ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 must be closely watched, as they become available. As always, reports in peer-reviewed publications will be preferred.

“Effective messaging needs to be developed to communicate both to the general public and to health professionals that the use of unregulated products purporting to contain Ivermectin is risky and unethical at this stage. Unregulated distribution channels are at risk of the introduction of sub-standard and falsified products, which can be deleterious to human health," he said.

Last week, the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said Ivermectin was not indicated or approved by the authority for use in humans.

The drug, which has been dubbed as a Covid-19 "miracle cure" is a widely used drug for the treatment and control of parasites in animals and is used to treat several tropical diseases in humans not commonly seen in South Africa, as well as scabies and head lice.


 

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How in the hell is a anti-parasitic medication going to do anything for a respiratory VIRUS.

Like seriously, that's like using domestos to brush your teeth.

Yes, it'll have an effect, just not the one you're shooting for.
 

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The more I hear from the MAC and this gupta 'professor'. the more f*ckedoff I am getting.
Saving lives and jobs appears to be on the lowest part of their list. It's almost sinister.
 

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Funny how quickly one would change your mind if a loved one got sick
No doubt, and if any medicine is effective and proven in the real world to combat covid, then absolutely it should be used to great effect.

The key here is taking responsibility and keeping yourself safe.

Gambling with a substance that has not been proven in the trenches, and then becoming negligent, is not the way to go. (I'm not saying you will, I'm saying it's human nature)

Moral of the story, if you believe ivermectin increases your chances of survival, by all means, get some and take it with a big glass of water.

(I would tell my loved ones the same thing) but as history has proven, a vaccine that has been tested and proven is truly the way to become resistant.

On another note, not all countries operate like South Africa or India...

Why are they not handing out ivermectin to their citizens? It's cheap, easily accessible and already exists in tablet and suspension form around the world.

Vaccinations per country 2021/01
 
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Where do you think its going to be tested if its not tested on people with covid. Animal testing isn’t ok and corona has been a disease that no cure has been found for in a very long time.

It is safe to treat lice in kids, I would swallow it without hesitation.
its not rat poison or bleach.

you tell me when you are out of options you will not?
Let us talk about cancer treatment, lets talk about the desperate things people do and believe to stay alive or treat the ones they love.

i think you do not understand human behavior not even your own.

Each to their own. I’m a modern medicine baby. I am not vaccinated against most of the major kid stuff because I’m one of those that wasn’t able to be vaccinated ( medical reasons)
This time around I’ll do my part if I’m able to take the vaccine.

everyone is moaning about it is too quick. The world changed, technology changes information travels faster.
Computers.
Nothing the world develops takes years anymore. Its obviously going to go quicker than the polio, measles, smallpox vaccination.
 

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Each to their own.
On that, we can agree.

i think you do not understand human behavior not even your own.
Neither of us could possibly imagine what the other has been through. And the things we have had to endure, and survive.

It is safe to treat lice in kids, I would swallow it without hesitation.
Then by all means, that is your choice.
 

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Funny how quickly one would change your mind if a loved one got sick
Nope. Personally, I'm not one to test stuff on myself or loved ones. I'll pass.

I'll wait for some form of clinical tests and approvals.
 

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Say isn't he the dude apologising for getting it wrong so many times?
 

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The problem with this is that people put their careers and more on the line when they approve/recommend something.

You can't just listen to someone saying that it worked on 20 people, and say well then that's fine. If you approve/recommend something without proof of studies/research done, you will be held liable.

I don't know the process to get to such a point, but if it would be approved as an experimental treatment, so that people can volunteer to be a ivermectin guinea pig it would be a step in the right direction. Of course, any study needs to have a control group, which means that some might have to get the placebo/alternative.

Who of you would stake your entire career on recommending something like Ivermectin or that other one? Saying that nothing bad will happen if someone who is sick takes it, and then lose your career (and possibly be sued for damages) if you are wrong?
 
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