Fact Check : Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors?

Fact Check : Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors?

Is it true that Filipino Secretary of Health Duque now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines?

Find out what’s the new viral claim about ivermectin in the Philippines, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors!

Nicanor Perlas claimed in two of his blogs that Francisco Tiongson Duque III, the Filipino Secretary of Health, now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines.

Doctors can now prescribe Ivermectin. Secretary of Health, Dr. Francisco Duque III, said he had “no problem with doctors who want to use Ivermectin”.[1] Sec. Duque made the statement at a 09 June 2021 public Congressional Hearing on Ivermectin (HR 1711).[2]

The hearings also revealed that medical associations that have been opposed to the use of Ivermectin had no objections to doctors prescribing Ivermectin if the latter is used on an individual basis. What these medical societies oppose is the issuance of a public policy allowing the use of Ivermectin on a national basis. But Duque affirmed that doctors have the freedom to prescribe Ivermectin as they wish.

Nonetheless, the net result of this new policy[3] is that the use of Ivermectin is now allowed on a large scale as long as there are doctors willing to prescribe the use of Ivermectin by patients on an early treatment or preventive basis. This also means that doctors in a city or a town can convene and/or agree together to prescribe on an individual basis to the residents of local government units (LGUs). And these doctors will not lose their medical licenses.

Citizens also can now contact, via phone or email, doctors open to the use of Ivermectin even if these doctors do not reside in the same geographic area. These doctors can prescribe the use of Ivermectin digitally and send the medicine via courier.[4]

 

Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors? Not Quite…

Did Filipino Secretary of Health, Francisco Tiongson Duque III, really say that he now allows the use of ivermectin by doctors in the Philippines? Not quite…

I looked into Nicanor’s article a little closer and watched the 9 June 2021 video on the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability public hearing (HR 1711).

Unfortunately, I do not understand Tagalog, so I cannot verify whether Secretary Duque did indeed say that he had “no problem with doctors who want to use ivermectin”.

However, there are still a few facts we can readily ascertain…

Fact #1 : Secretary Duque Did Not Announce Any New Policy

Nicanor Perlas claimed that Secretary Duque announced a new policy. But that’s not really true.

the net result of this new policy[3] is that the use of Ivermectin is now allowed on a large scale

Secretary Duque did not announce any new policy, and how do we know that?

If you hover over note [3], you will see that he came up with that himself!

This is indeed a new policy on the use of Ivermectin because Duque made these statements before a public Congressional hearing. If Duque later retreats from this statement, then he would be guilty of an illegal act called perjury.

At around 3:21:15, Secretary Duque said, “We will make the reiteration that the use of ivermectin prescribed by a physician where it is clear to the physician and to the patient that there is an indication for prescribing ivermectin“.

There is CSP (Compassionate Special Permit) and compounding authorisation for licensed pharmacists to compound the ivermectin preparation.

You can only reiterate something that is already in effect. Hence, it is merely a clarification of an existing policy.

And right after that, Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy asked Secretary Duque to look into the DEU or EUA of ivermectin.

That would not be necessary if Secretary Duque agreed to allow the free use of ivermectin against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Special FDA Permit For Ivermectin Use

Nicanor Perlas claimed that Secretary Duque “affirmed that doctors have the freedom to prescribe Ivermectin as they wish“.

He also said that “These doctors can prescribe the use of Ivermectin digitally and send the medicine via courier.

That does not appear to be true.

At around minute 48 of the video, Secretary Duque explained that hospitals who want to use ivermectin for their COVID-19 patients can apply for a special permit from the FDA.

At around minute 58, he repeats that those who want to use ivermectin against COVID-19 can apply for the Compassionate [Use] special permit.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Nicanor Perlas claimed that “ivermectin is a drug that scientists and doctors have found to be very effective and safe for the early treatment of COVID-19“.

There is simply no compelling evidence of such a claim.

The latest ivermectin study that was published in The Lancet showed NO DIFFERENCE in clinical outcomes, even though they used TRIPLE the dose recommended by the FLCCC.

And this February 2021 study that was published in The Lancet showed that ivermectin did NOT reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

FLCCC remains the only group promoting the use of ivermectin against COVID-19.

Fact #4 : FLCCC Protocol Doesn’t Use Ivermectin Much

Despite FLCCC’s promotion of ivermectin, it doesn’t actually figure much in their I-MASK+ protocol.

For prophylaxis, ivermectin is only taken once every 4 weeks! Even if you were exposed, you only take ivermectin for two days!

On top of that, ivermectin is only used at its standard dose of 0.2 mg/kg, when the latest Lancet study using TRIPLE that dose for 5 days straight showed “no difference” in clinical outcomes.

The bulk of the I-MASK+ protocol involves eating lots of supplements on a daily basis.

If ivermectin really works against COVID-19, wouldn’t it figure much more in their protocol?

Recommended : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

 

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