Controversial Ivermectin Added to University of Minnesota COVID-19 Drug Trial

Controversial Ivermectin Added to University of Minnesota COVID-19 Drug Trial

Treatments for early-onset COVID-19 are in the works at the University of Minnesota as they conduct the nation’s first randomized trial of Ivermectin. Being studied as an outpatient treatment to prevent coronavirus infection, the anti-parasitic has immense potential and is in use in various countries all over the world. And proven medications against COVID-19 have been lacking, especially those that could be used on an outpatient basis to prevent severe illness.  But there’s building tension as on the one hand dozens of completed randomized trials’ evidence are all but ignored but major institutions such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yet on the other hand COVID-19 patient families increasingly take their demands to courts as hospital physicians refuse to treat COVID-19 patients with ivermectin.

Leading the national trial is Dr. Carolyn Bramante, a U internal medicine specialist. Emphasizing the importance of this trial, she says, "Not everybody has access to the vaccine, whereas these medications are existing generics, already FDA-approved, that are available in most pharmacies around the world." Dr. Bramante continued, "If we find evidence of benefit, [th...

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