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Celebrities, TV personalities and netizens look back at Mike Defensor-Rodante Marcoleta false claim to use Ivermectin as treatment for COVID-19

Some netizens, aware of the use and treatment status of Ivermectin, were quick to criticize the politicians. One netizen posted on the issue of Ivermectin not being approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for COVID-19 treatment but for veterinary use.

As Mayoralty aspirant Mike Defensor and senatorial bid Rodante Marcoleta make rounds on social media with rifts on their race rivals, celebrities, and television personalities reminisce the false therapeutic claim of the two on the use of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug used to treat tropical diseases such as onchocerciasis, helminthiases, and scabies.

Clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. Research and trials revealed insufficient evidence to back up a possible recommendation for or against the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.

In an interview with famous host Karen Davila on April 6, 2021, Defensor claimed that Ivermectin has a doctor’s prescription. He added that it is safe and covered under ‘essential medicines’.

Despite the insufficient evidence to treat COVID-19, Defensor and Marcoleta distributed the drug in Quezon City in April 2021.

Some netizens, aware of the use and treatment status of Ivermectin, were quick to criticize the politicians. One netizen posted on the issue of Ivermectin not being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for COVID-19 treatment but veterinary use.

On September 16, 2021, Defensor and Marcoleta filed a petition before the Supreme Court to use Ivermectin as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

Celebrities, television personalities, and netizens looked back on the said promotion of Ivermectin and gave different reactions.

According to a large study, Atom Araullo, a respected journalist of GMA News, reiterated the failure of Ivermectine as COVID-19 treatment.

Others shared the same sentiment.

A netizen added and emphasized that Defensor and Marcoleta should be held accountable for complications and possible deaths.

In a recently published study, March 30, 2022, Ivermectin failed as a treatment for COVID-19. Despite this, its popularity increased.

On the same publishing day, March 30, 2022, a large clinical trial in Brazil and the University of Minnesota found out that Ivermectin as a COVID-19 drug failed to prevent hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients.

Recently, the incumbent mayor and rival of Defensor for the mayoralty race, Joy Belmonte, criticized a certain politician, though without directly mentioning any name, on March 25, 2022, for distributing Ivermectin in Quezon City.

“Sa kasagsagan ng CoViD-19, hindi tayo namudmod ng gamot na hindi po aprubado at para lang sa hayop,” she revealed.


Written by annebellina

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