The controversy surrounding the use of ivermectin to prevent or treat Covid-19 in humans continues to make headlines.
Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is being used all over the world as a possible active ingredient against Covid-19 and is registered in SA for veterinary purposes .
How is Uses ivermectin?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , ivermectin is approved for treatment of people with intestinal tract Strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two diseases caused by parasitic worms. Some topical forms of ivermectin are approved for the treatment of external parasites such as head lice and skin conditions such as rosacea.
Some forms of animal ivermectin are approved for prevention heartworm disease and to treat certain internal and external parasites. These products are different from those for humans and are only safe if used properly in animals.
Can I take ivermectin to prevent or treat Covid-19? ?
In conversation with Sunday Times , Prof. Helen Rees, Chairwoman of the Board of SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra). span>
“Unfortunately, although we’ve studied long and hard data from health authorities including Sahpra, FDA and Wealth Health Organization, we haven’t been able to see the data that would allow us to do so say ivermectin is effective for prevention or treatment, “Rees said.
Last year, Sahpra banned the drug for human consumption after being advertised on several social media platforms as if people had “cured” Covid-19.
The country’s leading vaccinologists, scientists and infectious disease experts also warned of the “irresponsible hype on social media” – the use of ivermectin “to treat Covid-19 until it is officially available in the country for use in humans has been approved.
Can ivermectin be toxic to humans?
beginning the This year, the former chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) Prof. Salim Abdool Karim Jacaranda FM said that the amount of ivermectin needed to kill Covid-19, is toxic to humans.
Abdool Karim said there was no compelling reason to use ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment.
“The studies are of really bad quality. If you look at the scientific evidence, there is no compelling reason for it. The doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill, who conducted the overall analysis, also said the evidence is not sufficiently robust to recommend its use, “he said.
” It must be clearly stated that Ivermectin does not kill the virus in dosages that humans can tolerate. The amount of the drug that is needed to kill the virus is toxic to humans. Whatever it does, it doesn’t kill the virus. ”