By: Natasha Archary
A few days ago, customs officials at OR Tambo International Airport seized hundreds of thousands of tablets of a drug that started trending virally as the “cure” for COVID-19.
Ivermectin was a revolutionary drug in the 1980s for its antiparasitic agents predominantly in veterinary treatment. Towards the end of 2020, social media was abuzz with claims from COVID positive patients that use of Ivermectin had cured them.
This saw the cost of the inexpensive over-the-counter drug sky-rocketing to over R2K. While several studies have shown promising results there is not enough data for regulatory authorities to approve the use of Ivermectin in the fight against Covid-19.
Kaya Breakfast spoke to Professor Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria. He elaborates on the incorrect use and the illegalities of using a veterinary drug on humans. Professor Naidoo stressed that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims that Ivermectin works as a “cure” for the COVID-19 virus.
The compassionate use of ivermectin approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) is still limited to “only quality-assured ivermectin products intended for human use will be made accessible, and these will be controlled as prescription-only Schedule 3 medicines.” Professor Naidoo wrote in his article.
Read more in Prof Naidoo’s article