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Gov’t health experts, netizens question Ivermectin advocates as COVID-19 treatment

Most Netizens, however, are still cautious of this drug, especially with facts that are both available for the longest time and the people advocating for it.

In case you missed it, there’s a drug that is now gaining traction on social media. It has gotten a cult following, with a local healthcare worker and a legislator advocating for its use.

This supposed wonder drug is called Ivermectin, and it has its advocates all over the world.

A hashtag, #BeBraveWHO, has been used to call on the World Health Organization to “be brave” has begun to get traction globally as more and more people are jumping on the seemingly do-it-all anti-viral drug.

Most Netizens, however, are still cautious of this drug, especially with facts that are both available for the longest time and the people advocating for it.

Journalist Barnaby Lo asked his followers to be cautious of “unproven drugs” over those approved for human use.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines chairperson Jonathan de Santos, however, had another view.

The Philippine Star desk editor likened calls to use Ivermectin to that of the Presidential Security Group jumping the gun on COVID-19 vaccination.

What is surprising is what health-related government agencies are saying aligned with these reactions.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the local advocate of Ivermectin, Dr. Allan Landrito, has yet to secure clearance to use Ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment. To date, Ivermectin is the only registered with the FDA for animal and veterinary use.

Also, it brought the Netizens to question Dr. Landrito’s genuineness, as he has applied to be a distributor of Ivermectin.

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Landrito, however, would have an ally in Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor.

According to Defensor, he took Ivermectin when he got COVID-19 and claims that it made him better.

However, this did not sit well with Netizens and said this could be a placebo case.

Even medicine experts in Europe say Ivermectin is not a cure for COVID-19, despite outlandish claims by some of its advocates.

One medical expert even expressed the urge to recommend his relatives to veterinarians since they kept asking him about Ivermectin.

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To date, the FDA, the Department of Health, and the country’s WHO representative advised against the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19.


The FDA, however, is open to speed up the process of approving oral doses of Ivermectin should local manufacturers reach out and help them with expediting the process.

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