THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
First let me give you some facts. The ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that has been in the market worldwide for four decades. Aside from its anti-parasitic properties that cures elephantiasis or filariasis, the drug has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, an internationally known medical doctor and professor by the name of Thomas Borody used the ivermectin in combination with other drugs which he calls the ivermectin triple therapy to treat his covid patients. The result? Almost 100 percent efficacy.
At the same time, a number of doctors also began prescribing ivermectin to their covid patients with corresponding success. A peer reviewed study was published in a medical journal this year that the use of ivermectin is associated with lower mortality rate in hospitalized patients suffering from Covid-19.
The study showed that rapidly deteriorating patients improved significantly with ivermectin therapy within 24 to 72 hours. Within days the patients were discharged and on the way to full recovery.
Doctor Thomas Borody says that ivermectin inhibits the intra-cellular protein that helps the coronavirus virus to multiply in the cells. This was concurred in another study. Medical doctors and scientists around the globe such as Dr. Michael Sherman, Dr. Jean Jacques Rajter, Dr.Viren Kaul, Dr. Juliana Cepelowicz Rajter, Dr. Moheen Syed say the same thing.
Doctors who are advocates of the Ivermectin say it is their drug of choice to treat Covid-19. Ivermectin is safe and is very potent against the coronavirus. It is cheap, a 100 times cheaper that Remdisivir, the current Covid-19 drug of choice by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States and the Department of Health in the Philippines.
What seems to be the big brouhaha why the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) is threatening to withdraw or suspend the medical licenses of doctors prescribing and treating their covid patients with ivermectin?
The PMA said in its latest statement that these ivermectin-prescribing doctors may be violating a law. What law? Is there a law that prohibits a doctor to prescribe a drug that has been in the WHO formulary for decades and was even awarded the Nobel Prize. Ivermectin has been proven safe and effective and was prescribed millions of times by doctors around the world. No death was reported nor any severe adverse reaction was reported in the last 40 years or even recently with the use of Ivermectin.
Ivermectin has been prescribed and proven effective to treat covid patients with 80 to 100 percent efficacy. I don’t understand the PMA’s stance on ivermectin. Are they not forgetting their Hippocratic oath?
What seems to be the problem why the Food and Drug chief Eric Domingo is finding it hard to approve ivermectin? Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize drug awardee and is in the market for four decades.
How is it that many local hospitals would not give ivermectin to their in-patients without a compassionate use order from the Department of Health? How is it that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III would rather that hospitals prescribed the very costly Remdisivir? Remdisivir ‘s efficacy against covid has not been proven that well. In fact, it is only Ivermectin that proves to be really effective in treating hospitalized covid patients with 80 to 100 percent success rate.
A New York lawyer who has won cases against hospitals who refused to administer ivermectin to their in-house patients say the reason is the dollar and peso sign. Ivermectin is not encouraged, even discouraged by hospitals is that there can be no profit to be earned from Ivermectin.
Ivermectin is so cheap, can be manufactured, imported and sourced so easily. Its patent has lapsed. Its cost is just P35 to P50 each capsule compared to Remdisivir which the hospitals charged as much as P28,000 or even higher per vial.
Ivermectin has been proven to prevent coronavirus infection. In short it is the antidote to Covid-19. With vaccines hard to come by, isn’t it time the Duterte administration starts looking at Ivermectin as the antidote to the pandemic? This is not a wild card for me. Anything that can get us out of the pandemic crisis is always a good thing.