Call on Health Minister to allow the use of Ivermectin against C-19
A politician and a group of scientists have separately thrown their weight behind a call for an anti-parasitic drug, being used to combat the transmission of Covid-19 in some quarters internationally, to be studied and considered for human consumption in SA, reported Times Live (5 January 2021).
'The drug, Ivermectin, which was hailed as a revolutionary drug in the 1980s and works by paralysing and killing parasites including lice and worms in livestock, has been gaining traction as a 'miracle cure' for Covid-19 patients.
‘The two parties — 11 clinicians, public health specialists, community health workers and medical scientists called the Ivermectin Interest Group (IIG), as well the National Freedom Party’s MP Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam — are asking for the department of health and relevant bodies to consider a South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) section 21 application which considers unregistered veterinary or complementary medicine for human use within a strict protocol, as well as clinical-trial approval and implementation.
Sahpra banned the drug for human consumption on December 22 after it emerged on several social media platforms that the drug was being promoted on local groups as having “cured” people of Covid-19.