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There are enough studies to say that ivermectin does not work as a medicine for patients with COVID-19.

This was said on Monday by infectious disease expert Dr. Rontgene Solante, based on a study in Malaysia published on February 18.

“The finding was really important ‘no, it tells us in a significant way that ivermectin does not work and is not effective in preventing serious infections or serious COVID among those who will receive this treatment,’” Solante said.

Last year, the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases said it would not use the drug ivermectin for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19.

It may be recalled that last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Special Compassionate Permit (CSP) to certain hospitals to use ivermectin in people with COVID-19.

According to Solante, the FDA should review the data.

“Kaya binigyan by rin siya ng CSP kasi wala pa tayong masyadong malawak na data on this,” Solante said.

“It should be revoked because of this data, and I think it’s up to the FDA to review the data and inform the assessment and give a recommendation again,” he added.

Ivermectin does not prevent severe COVID-19: expert, study

Because the study was conducted in Malaysia, it can be said to apply to Filipinos as Malaysia is a country in Asia.

According to Solante, in addition to its ineffectiveness against chronic COVID, its side effects may add to the medications you take.

According to Undersecretary of Health Myrna Cabotaje, they will study and make a recommendation based on the newly published study.

Meanwhile, according to the latest Department of Health (DOH) records, just over 3.4 million people have been vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines in the third “Bayanihan, Bakunahan.” It is below the target of 5 million.

One of the visible slackenings is the vaccination of boosters.

One visible way, Cabotaje says, is to schedule booster shots before employees’ day off, so they don’t have to miss work due to side effects.

The DOH continues to work with local governments and private groups to better distribute vaccines.

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