The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) late last month urged Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to exercise executive power and perhaps invoke emergency use authority for the use of Ivermectin in the treatment of Covid19 patients
The VACC said that while the registration of Ivermectin with the Food and Drug Administration is still ongoing, Filipinos, especially those with comorbidities, are at risk for infection and even death.
“VACC echoes the public clamor especially from the underprivileged and the working class for immediate relief from Covid19 with access to affordable and safe medicines like Ivermectin,” said the group’s chairperson, Cory Quirino.
The organization’s president, Boy Evangelista, added: “The poor who are hardest hit by the economic slump caused by the pandemic have no means available to them to be able to afford proper health care and hospitalization, much less access to existing treatments and protocols implemented by the hospital system.”
Thus, the VACC appealed for the following courses of action: immediate dialogue between the Concern Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDCP), FDA, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and concerned members of Congress and the Senate to produce an EUA for affordable Covid19 medicines; provision of an anti-Covid kit (containing Ivermectin, Vitamin C and zinc) for free or low-cost distribution to all barangays; and the President and Congress’ recognition of science and technology Research & Development as a priority area.
Dr. Benigno Agbayani of the CDCP in a webinar said that Ivermectin had been found to be not only safe but effective based on studies conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, Africa and the United Kingdom.
Previously, Dr. Allan Landrito, a staunch advocate for the use of Ivermectin, had sold the drug which he formulated by himself, to some 8,000 patients, even without the necessary permits.