The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the drug ivermectin be used exclusively in clinical trials that aim to study its effectiveness in treating patients with Covid-19. The organization adds that the drug is not recommended for the treatment of the disease, regardless of its severity.
Current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat patients with Covid-19 is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug be used only in clinical trials, ”reads the organization’s statement.
Infarmed had already warned, on March 11, that there is no evidence to support the use of ivermectin, a broad spectrum antiparasitic used in the treatment of scabies (scabies) and pediculosis (lice), both in the treatment of Covid-19 and in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection.
“Given the methodological limitations in the trials in which ivermectin was used and doubts about the appropriate dose and its safety in the context of infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, there is no evidence (evidence) to support the use of this medicine in prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19, ”wrote Infarmed in a statement.
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This Wednesday, the WHO reinforces the idea saying that the 16 clinical trials already carried out, with more than 2,400 people, have not yet been able to demonstrate that the drug is effective in reducing mortality, the need for mechanical ventilation, hospitalizations or the recovery time from the disease.
The WHO adds that it has not considered the possibility of using ivermectin to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 – another use that has not yet been demonstrated – as it is not part of the objectives of this review.
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In Portugal, there are doctors who take or recommend to their patients. They say that they see results, but with no comparative term with other patients in the same conditions doing other types of treatments – as is done in clinical trials – it is impossible to say whether the patients recover because of the medication or for any other reason.
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