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COVID-19: MOH Says Ivermectin Does Not Reduce Risk Of Severe Infections

Nov 05, 2021

A clinical study conducted locally concluded that the antiviral drug Ivermectin cannot be used in current COVID-19 treatment as it does not prevent severe cases of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in a statement on Wednesday (November 3rd) said the I-Tech study by the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) revealed that those who had Ivermectin, experienced three times more adverse events with the most common adverse effect being diarrhoea.

Media statement Ministry of Health Malaysia Based on the outcomes of the I-TECH study, ivermectin cannot be...

Posted by KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said the study was conducted on 500 patients who had been hospitalised for COVID-19 in Stages Two or Three.

“The I-Tech study was to see if Ivermectin administered during the first week of illness prevented deterioration to severe COVID-19 Stage Four of Five among hospitalised patients aged 50 years and above with at least one comorbidity.

“They were randomly assigned to two groups, namely those who had five-day Ivermectin treatment (0.4mg/kg/day) with standard care and those who had only standard case,” he said as reported by The Star. 

DG Hisham added that the data showed no difference in the rate of progression to the severe stages. 

Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of...

Posted by Noor Hisham Abdullah on Friday, August 27, 2021

Dr. Steven Lim Chee Loon who is an infectious disease specialist at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh in Perak said there were no significant differences found in terms of ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, symptom recovery, blood parameters and chest x-ray resolution for those who were administered Ivermectin. 

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin also took to his Twitter page to highlight the results of the study. 

Please do not take any medications that are not prescribed by your doctor! Stay safe, everyone. 

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