Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Current status of ivermectin

While NIH's guidelines committee was presented with a mound of data, which resulted in a change of recommendation from 'against' its use for Covid to 'neutral' on use, major efforts elsewhere were made to stop the use of ivermectin for Covid.

The FDA, European Medicines Agency and the WHO have all issued statements in the past 2 months recommending against the use of ivermectin, without a clear rationale.

Twice in the past week I have had a pharmacist refuse to fill a script for ivermectin for patients.  They said they were using their best judgement and there was no authority forcing them to restrict it.  One cited the WHO guidance.  So far, no official channels have clamped down, but this could happen any day.  Please share the information and consider obtaining a supply so that this most effective medicine will be available if someone in your family develops Covid.

On the other hand, while the equivalent of the FDA in South Africa (SAHPRA) prohibited the use of ivermectin on December 24, they were taken to court over it.  The case finally concluded--our side won!!!!-- and as of today ivermectin is freely available to treat Covid in South Africa.  Kudos to the legal team, doctors and plaintiffs who brought this action!  Thanks to PANDA for keeping us informed and for its work on the cases.

Update April 7:  Article on the South African legal battle for ivermectin use. 

Update April 12:  The WaPo did a semi-hit piece on ivermectin a couple of days ago.  The FLCCC doctors responded to the article with this piece.

Meanwhile, the BMGF's U Washington team published another computational analysis of drug repurposing for Covid.  Ivermectin just missed the cut.  They modelled a "better" ivermectin alternative.  Unfortunately, their #1 drug has never been used in humans, so actually testing it and getting it approved could take quite a while. Which would suit BMGF just fine, I guess.

On April 11, the WSJ published a letter by Senator Ron Johnson and Professor Harvey Risch about the desperate need to use repurposed drugs for Covid.


Anonymous said...

For people who cannot get prescriptions for Ivermectin will they go to the feed store and get the animal version of the drug to treat themselves? How safe will that be?

ML said...

I was very happy my own doctor was open to prescribing me ivermectin. I handed him a large packet of research articles on the subject, turned him onto the FLCCC website, showed him Juan Chamie’s work, the work of Tess Lawrie and others and he was very receptive. Little by little. By the way Meryl, have you seen the “Set Ivy Free” 38 second animated video produced by Tess Lawrie’s team? If not, please search and see it. It’s absolutely lovely. Cheers and good health to you, M St Clair Lynch, FNP ret.

ML said...

Anonymous, though I can’t recommend horse paste, 1.87% ivermectin and no other drugs added to this, I do know a family in Texas who used it when all six came down with Covid in November. Their doc had refused them a script for human ivermectin. Their fevers were gone in two days. They were completely well within one to two weeks. No one dropped their saturations, got pneumonia or had to make a trip to the hospital. Some of their members were old folks in their 80s. No one got long Covid either. Other than a strange craving for oats, hay, and sugar cubes, no one noted any ill effects. Lol. Be that as it may, one can go to the FLCCC website and find a list of docs willing to prescribe it via telemedicine. Or, without a prescription, some folks buy from India at the numerous online overseas pharmacies selling it.

Dr Chris King said...

Hello, Anonymous. Equine veterinarian here. If you can only buy ivermectin at a feed store, get the liquid formulation for oral use in sheep, not one of the paste formulations for horses or the injectable formulation for cattle. (Note: liquid formulations for oral use in livestock are often called a 'drench'.)

Other than ivermectin, the ingredient list for a widely available ivermectin sheep drench includes water (65-72%), propylene glycol (18-21%), polysorbate (6-10%), benzyl alcohol (1-3.5%), and monobasic sodium phosphate (1-3%).

In the absence of any human safety data, that would probably be your safest option, unless you are sensitive to any of those carrier agents. Make sure you get plain ivermectin, not one of the combo anthelminthics that contains one, two, or three other drug classes, or one of the anthelminthic products that includes trace minerals.

The label dosage for sheep is the same as that used in many of the human clinical trials: 200 micrograms per kilogram bodyweight. If using this dosage in humans, follow the label recommendations on volume for your weight. The US products will be in mls of drench per bodyweight in pounds (lb); round up to the nearest weight classification.

And do not tell the feed merchant why you're buying it. I have a friend who manages a feed store, and she told me last week she's had several people come in, asking for ivermectin for themselves. She's been very troubled by this trend. It's for your sheep, got it?

ML said...

Dr. Chris, tell us why equine paste with only 1.87% ivermectin, is not as good as the one you recommended. It is dosed by weight as well at 200 mcg/kg. Since this family got Covid in November, they decided to take it prophylactically after they got well and have been since taking it since December, she said with no issues whatsoever. Let me know what is in the horse paste as I also see many comments online from people using it, every single week, they claim with no ill effect. We need to warn them properly. No one has ever been able to say what else is in the horse paste except inert types of ingredients you mention. Thank you, Dr.

Nick said...

On a YT video:


one of the doctors mentioned that he had a pharmacist refuse to fill a prescription for a patient. He phoned the pharmacist and told him that by over-riding a doctor's prescription the pharmacist was in effect "practicing medicine without a license" and asked him if he would like this to be reported to his governing board? When it was put that way, the pharmacist complied and filled the prescription.

Anonymous said...

It is well past the time that all Doctors in America should stand up against the FDA and its abject decimation of the Hippocratic oath. It is very clear that patients have died due to the FDA’s stance on Ivermectin, perhaps in the hundreds of thousands. And it is equally clear the FDA has callously disregarded evidence from around the world PROVING the efficacy of Ivermectin, and others, in reducing death.

One can only presume FDA has put Pharma profits, and the Gates/Fauci agenda, in front of the health and welfare of the American people. Another massive failure of their charter, much like their failure to police the chemically laced American food supply. Americans are unknowingly consuming chemicals that have been banned all across the world. The health of the American people is the last thing this FDA seems to care about. I suspect there are clear grounds to officially charge FDA officials with at least involuntary manslaughter, due to their wanton disregard for human life.

It seems many Doctors read your blog, and I’d like to suggest that Doctors everywhere REFUSE to vaccinate another patient under the Prizer and Moderna EUA, while people are dying due to the FDA’s refusal to issue an “off-label” EUA for Ivermectin and the Hydroxychloroquine protocol in the treatment of COVID19. The use of antibiotics, antimalarial, or antiparasitic drugs can dramatically lower deaths both now and against any future viruses.

Anonymous said...

Time for an injunction against any entity that gets in the way of a licensed physician treating their patients for Covid. Then a class action lawsuit against the medical alphabets (CDC, FDA, NIH, etc) that are not doing due diligence in acknowledging the mountains of evidence in favor of low-cost, early home care. Shame on them.

Dr Chris King said...

ML, in answer to your question about what else is in the ivermectin horse pastes, the answer is I don't know - and therein lies the problem. These pastes (there are many competing for market share) are probably safe in humans; they are well tolerated in horses. However, I am not as confident in saying that these formulations are probably safe for human use as I am with the ivermectin sheep drench.

Each company has its own trade secrets, and while they have to tell the government regulators (FDA-CVM) exactly what is in their pharmaceutical products for animals, they don't have to tell anyone else - not vets and not the animals' owners. At least I know what is in the ivermectin sheep drench, because I was able to find the safety data sheet which requires all ingredients to be listed. That particular product used no proprietary ingredients, so all of its ingredients were listed by chemical name (or the name in common use).

In contrast, here is the list of ingredients on the safety data sheet for one popular brand of ivermectin paste for horses in the US: ivermectin, pigment, thickening agents, vehicle/solvent. Specifically,

Ivermectin - CAS no. 70288-86-7 - Content 1.96% - Classification T toxic
Pigment - CAS no. confidential - Content < 5.0% - Classification not classified
Thickening agents - CAS no. confidential - Content 15% - Classification not classified
Vehicle/solvent - CAS no. confidential - Content bal - Classification not classified

I'm glad your friends are OK. I would not put that stuff in my mouth without knowing more about what's in it.

Everyone, please be careful when using animal drugs in humans. There is much overlap amongst mammals, but there are also some critical species differences. That's what we spend so long studying before we get our veterinary medical qualifications - and that's just the bare bones!

And please bear in mind that this virus is not as lethal as we've been told. Even a cursory glance at the epidemiological data shows that the majority of people are only mildly or moderately affected - if at all. Uncomplicated recovery is the norm, as it is with most other respiratory viruses.

ML said...

Dr. Chris, thanks so much. Will let them know! Sheep drench if they have to resort to animal ivm.

Dr Chris King said...

You're most welcome. One last thought on these folks taking ivermectin prophylactically *post-infection*: If they've already had COVID, why do they think it's necessary to take ivermectin now? That makes no sense to me. They should have developed an immune response post-infection that is protective against further exposure to SARS-CoV-2, unless they are immunocompromised for some reason. That's how our immune systems work.

When did we as a society lose such trust in our body's self-management systems?

This pandemic shows us just how far we've drifted into a "somebody save me" mindset rather than trusting our beautiful bodies to do what they're designed to do.

Anonymous said...

Someone posted the link to Dr. King's discussion of the above topic on her website. Google search WOULD NOT CONNECT ME. And there is no search bar on Dr.King's website. Luckily this blog has not yet been prohibited.