WHO Warns Of Drug Ivermectin, India Recommends To Fight Covi
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The World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned against the indiscriminate use of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that the Goa government plans to give all adults to reduce the risk of contracting covid-19. “Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. WHO recommends against the use of ivermectin for covid-19, except within clinical trials," Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the WHO, said in a Twitter post.

In March, the WHO said the current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat covid patients is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommended that the drug only be used within clinical trials. The US drugs regulator has also recommended that the drug not be used for covid-19.

India’s health ministry, in its revised guidelines on home isolation, has, however, recommended ivermectin in cases of mild infection, in case paracetamol isn’t effective in reducing fever. “Consider Tab Ivermectin (200 microgram per kg of body weight once a day to be taken empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days", the revised guidelines of the health ministry state.

In February, Merck, an ivermectin maker in the US, said its scientists continue to examine the findings of all available and emerging studies. "No scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against covid," Merck said. Several public health experts, too, have advised against the use of the drug.

Ivermectin maker (Merck) and the WHO have both strongly advised against it. It can be individually or universally given for scabies, O. volvulus, strongyloidiasis and filariasis. Peer-reviewed research published last week in the American Journal of Therapeutics said that immediate global ivermectin use can end covid. The research was based on data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.