Italian-led Ivermectin Meta-Analysis: Is it Time to Consider the Generic Low Cost Option to Help Treat COVID-19?

Italian-led Ivermectin Meta-Analysis Is it Time to Consider the Generic Low Cost Option to Help Treat COVID-19

A group of six critical care physicians and researchers, four of who are affiliated with IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy, recently conducted a meta-analysis looking into ivermectin and along the way asking a highly uncomfortable question as to whether suspect claims about safety for commonly available drugs in fact are driven by a deep-seated, intensive fear of failure among the scientific and medical community. After all, tens of billions have been invested into a particular approach and anything that gets in the way could be deemed recognition of failure. In probing the ivermectin situation, the group, including four Italians, a Russian and Spanish doctors and researcher identified over 45 clinical trials ongoing involving ivermectin investigations. In performing yet another ivermectin meta-analysis covering a total of 1323 patients randomized across seven randomized controlled trials conducted in six countries, the group identified that in fact ivermectin treatment led to a statistically significant lower mortality rate when compared to placebo. The authors argue that while in fact “ironclad evidence” represents a fundamental underpinning of modern medic...

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