Doctors may now prescribe Ivermectin to COVID-19 patients


A recent decision by Judge Cassim Sardiwallain in the Pretoria High Court now allows pharmacists or a doctor or anybody who is registered under the Health Professions Act and holds the necessary license to make up small batches of medicine containing Ivermectin for patients, with COVID-19 on condition that it had been prescribed by a doctor and that it is not done in large quantities.

The decision is part of the settlement in four different cases against South African Health Products Regulatory Authority’s (SAHPRA).

Judge Cassim Sardiwalla also ordered SAHPRA to:

*report to the court every three months to indicate if any adjustments have been made to the programme providing access to Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19; and

*contribute more than a million rand in total to cover the legal fees in each of the four cases before court.

The cases were brought by a general practitioner George Coetzee, two of his patients and Afriforum, a group of pharmacies, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Doctors for Life, and a group of medical practitioners who called themselves “I can make a difference.”

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