The article “Effect of Ivermectin on Time to Resolution of Symptoms Among Adults With Mild COVID-19” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 4. The study subjects were deceived. They were told that the study drug was “D11AX22 Molecule”.
The lead author on the article, Eduardo López-Medina, confirmed that in a telephone conversation. He explained that it would have been difficult to recruit subjects to the study if they were told the study drug was ivermectin. López-Medina stated that this practice was disclosed during ethics and governmental reviews of the study protocol and that it had been approved.
It had been reported earlier that the title of the study protocol used the term “D11AX22 Molecule” instead of “ivermectin”. That raised the question of whether the study subjects had been informed that the study involved ivermectin.
This is a moment that requires moral clarity. The JAMA article needs to be retracted immediately.