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Global Ivermectin Use Can Stop COVID-19 Pandemic in Its Tracks, Claims New Research

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 10 May 2021
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A group of medical and scientific experts has reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19.

Led by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC; Washington, DC, USA), the research was peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, and is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies. A focus of the manuscript was on the 27 controlled trials available in January 2021, 15 of which were randomized controlled trials (RCTs), the preferred trial of the World Health Organization, US National Institutes of Health, and the European Medicines Agency. Consistent with numerous meta-analyses of ivermectin RCTs since published by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain, and Japan, they found large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in COVID-19 patients treated with ivermectin.

To evaluate the efficacy of ivermectin in preventing COVID-19, three RCTs and five observational controlled trials, including almost 2,500 patients all reported that ivermectin significantly reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 when used regularly. Many regions around the world now recognize that ivermectin is a powerful prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and now, India, have approved the drug for use by medical professionals. The results as seen in this latest study demonstrate that the ivermectin distribution campaigns repeatedly led to "rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality."

"We did the work that the medical authorities failed to do, we conducted the most comprehensive review of the available data on ivermectin," said Pierre Kory, M.P.A., MD, president and chief medical officer of the FLCCC. "We applied the gold standard to qualify the data reviewed before concluding that ivermectin can end this pandemic."

"Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19," said Paul E. Marik, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, founding member of the FLCCC and Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. "We can no longer rely on many of the larger health authorities to make an honest examination of the medical and scientific evidence. So, we are calling on regional public health authorities and medical professionals around the world to demand that ivermectin be included in their standard of care right away so we can end this pandemic once and for all."

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