Covid-19: use of ivermectin ‘risky, unethical and unjustified’ – MAC tells the health department

The use of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 is unjustified, risky and unethical, according to the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, it is not registered for human use and there is no scientific evidence that it is effective. Ivermectin is also associated with a number of adverse effects when used in humans.

Until more solid evidence is available, the routine use of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 is not justified. Additionally, using unregulated products that claim to contain ivermectin is risky and unethical.

This, according to a note from the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19, sent on January 7 to Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize.

The memo is signed by MAC co-chairs Salim Abdool Karim and Marian Jacobs.

Ivermectin, a parasiticide, has attracted attention as a possible treatment with Covid-19, Health24 reported.

The drug works by paralyzing and killing parasites in animals, notes …

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