Pharmacy Magazine in the United Kingdom recently reports on the positive attributes of ivermectin. For example, the drug is included in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and more interestingly, and perhaps controversially for some, the UK online media reports on the recent British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) Group recommendation that the drug be immediately rolled out to the public for the prevention of COVID-19, at least on an emergency basis.
Why does this online media make this recommendation?
First and foremost, the drug at established human doses is safe, widely used to treat a number of human parasites since the 1980s. Since then, some 4 billion doses have been consumed by humans with what Pharmacy Magazine UK declares is a “good safety record with minimal toxic effects.”
What evidence backs their position?
Pharmacy Magazine shared the recent meta-analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials coupled with observational studies demonstrating significant safety and efficacy both for treatment and prophylaxis targeting COVID-19.
How many patients did this 15 trial meta-analysis cover?
Nearly 4,000 patients.
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