Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has decided to ban ivermectin as a drug for the treatment against Covid-19, after seeing a sharp increase in prescriptions. It is reported, among others, by an article in “The Guardian”.
The rise of prescriptions in Australia
Covid, Fda alarm against bluff drugs: no to the use of ivermectin
Ivermectin is an anthelmintic drug that eradicates or promotes the expulsion of worms and intestinal parasites, as explained by the portal of the “Humanitas” hospital. It is a medicine that recently, especially in no vax environments, had fueled the hopes of a cure against the coronavirus but which the WHO and the main health authorities have rejected as a suitable medicine for this purpose. And recently the US Food and Drugs Administration has also returned to clarify, through a post on Twitter, that the anti-parasite, normally used for animals, does not have any kind of effect for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19. . Returning to Australia, as mentioned, the local drug regulator has therefore prohibited doctors from prescribing the antiparasitic drug for so-called “off-label” uses, such as the treatment of Covid. The decision, The Guardian explained, came after prescriptions for ivermectin increased three to four times in the country in the last few months alone. Citizens will now be able to obtain a prescription for the drug only for conditions approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration itself, including those related to parasitic infections. “These changes were introduced due to concerns related to the prescription of oral ivermectin for the alleged prevention or treatment of Covid-19,” confirmed the leaders of the TGA.
The concerns of the experts
“Ivermectin is not a drug approved for use against Covid-19 in Australia or other developed countries and its use by patients to combat the coronavirus is currently strongly discouraged by the National Covid Clinical Evidence Taskforce, by the Organization World Health and the Food and Drug Administration “, the experts stressed. Among the concerns related to the increase in prescriptions of the drug, the one that Covid-19 positive citizens could take ivermectin rather than follow the approved treatments or even take it instead of getting vaccinated. The Australian regulator has also expressed fears related to the fact that citizens have asked for advice on how to administer ivermectin, using the drug in unsafe doses. “The doses of ivermectin that are recommended in unreliable posts appeared on social media they are significantly higher than those approved and deemed safe for scabies or tr actation of parasites ”, said the experts. “These higher doses may be associated with severe adverse effects, including severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, neurological effects, seizures and even coma.” Ultimately, according to the Australian TGA, “there remains significant uncertainty as to whether ivermectin is more effective and safer than standard care in treating patients with Covid-19”.