There have been various reports regarding the use of Ivermectin in the fight to treat COVID-19. I had posted about local COVID-19 fighter, Dr. Joseph Varon, and his associates’ effort to have the federal government recognize the use of the anti-parasitic drug in treating COVID-19. A slight change in attitude has occured at the federal level.
While the feds were upscaling their efforts in creating vaccines for COVID-19, there was still a worry that lack of availability of the vaccine would not help efforts to fight the actual infections that were still occurring in real-time. Dr. Varon and his associates were among various scientists studying the use of Ivermectin, which was known to be used in fighting worms in dogs, but approved for human use for over 40 years. Considering the botched roll-out by Trump and Texas Governor Abbott, this is quite timely as infections and hospitalizations continue to overtax local resources.
Medical authorities at the federal level had taken the attitude that, while Ivermectin was FDA-approved, it was not approved for use against COVID-19. Recent reports state that the National Institutes of Health has changed course.
One week after Dr. Paul Marik and Dr. Pierre Kory—founding members of the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)— along with Dr. Andrew Hill, researcher and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), presented their data before the NIH Treatment Guidelines Panel, the NIH has upgraded their recommendation on ivermectin, making it an option for use in COVID-19.
This new designation upgraded the status of ivermectin from “against” to “neither for nor against”, which is the same recommendation given to monoclonal antibodies and convalescent plasma, both widely used across the nation.
By no longer recommending against ivermectin use, doctors should feel more open in prescribing ivermectin as another therapeutic option for the treatment of COVID-19. This may clear its path towards FDA emergency use approval.
“Ivermectin is one of the world’s safest, cheapest and most widely available drugs,” noted Dr. Kory, President of the FLCCC Alliance. “The studies we presented to the NIH revealed high levels of statistical significance showing large magnitude benefit in transmission rates, need for hospitalization, and death. What’s more, the totality of trials data supporting ivermectin is without precedent.”Newswise.com 1/15/2021
Dr. Marek and Dr. Kory were among those scientists working with Dr. Varon.
This is great news as studies have found that Ivermectin can be used post-exposure, early-stage, and even during late stage. The drug has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties which have helped numerous patients locally.
Here’s a link to DosCentavos’ post regarding Dr. Varon’s press conference on Ivermectin.
The vax roll-out is now in the hands of the Biden administration, which has had to get to the bottom of Trump’s failures. While the roll-out continues, we must continue to mask-up, wash hands, social distance, and if possible stay away from humans outside of one’s immediate family. And, in case you haven’t heard…double mask!