Macedonia Nears Approval of Ivermectin for COVID-19 as Word of the Drug Spreads in the Balkan Peninsula

Macedonia Nears Approval of Ivermectin for COVID-19 as Word of the Drug Spreads in the Balkan Peninsula

The southeastern European nation of Macedonia’s health authority plans on authorizing the use of Ivermectin for an at home treatment targeting COVID-19. The low cost, pervasive anti-parasitic medication, used by hundreds of millions annually in the tropics, has a well-known safety profile: mounting studies point to the drug’s ability to dramatically inhibit SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Macedonian authorities, namely the Minister of Health, have prepared a positive opinion and plans on sending this to the MALMED Drug Agency (the drug regulatory for North Macedonia). Once that occurs, the drug can be legally exported to Macedonia specifically for use against COVID-19. This country recognizes the growing evidence that If used early on with mild to moderate cases, the drug can reduce the intensity of the illness associated with COVID-19. Apparently, they have been influenced by others in the Balkan Peninsula such as Greece and Bulgaria, where use of Ivermectin against the novel coronavirus is now common.

Actually called the Republic of North Macedonia, this Southeastern European nation gained independence in 1991. A landlocked country bordering Kosovo to ...

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