The alarm was triggered by the anomalous requests to import from Brazil, where it is on the market and used for the so-called fire of saint Anthony. But in Italy the Parvulan, drug indicated for the treatment of Herpes Zoster, is illegal.
But even worse, it comes used improperly and improperly as a substitute for the Covid vaccine to ‘cure’ the virus infection. The alarm on the drug was raised by theAifa, the Italian Medicines Agency, which has announced on its website that Parvulan appears to be offered off label, outside the constraints provided for by the Ministerial Decree of 11 February 1997, or the rule that regulates the “Methods of importing registered medicinal specialties abroad “, as therapy for the prevention of Covid-19.
A crazy choice that is soundly rejected: the Aifa Cts explains in fact that the use of Parvulan in the prophylaxis of Sars-COV-2 infection “is not supported by even the slightest evidence of efficacy and safety”.
Not only. The Agency also recalls that the CTS “had not considered it possible to authorize its use even in the context of a clinical trial. The possible use of the drug as a substitute for authorized vaccines (for which solid efficacy and safety data are available) therefore represents a potential danger to people’s health due not only to the at least uncertain safety profile, but also to the unjustified sense of protection that the treatment could generate despite the lack of documented effectiveness “, reads the AIFA website.
But what exactly is Parvulan and for which therapies is it actually indicated? The drug, explains Aifa, contains Corynebacterium parvum and has no marketing authorization in Italy, while it is legally registered and marketed in Brazil. In the South American country it is used as “stimulant of innate immunity, adjuvant in the treatment of dermatological infections of viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoal origin, adjuvant in systemic and local infections. It has a regressive effect on solid neoplasms. Help in the treatment of erysipelas caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Adjuvant in the treatment of acne“. In short, nothing to do with the Covid-19 treatment.
Del Parvulan was also discussed in Parliament, in 2020, for a question by the Senator of Forza Italia Enrico Aimi, who indicated him as a drug capable of protecting against the infection of Coronavirus.
Neapolitan, born in 1987, graduated in Literature: he lives on politics and basketball.
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