Did Malaysia just approve ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment? Find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Malaysia Approved Ivermectin For COVID-19!
This is the viral message that is circulating on WhatsApp, with a link to a FreeMalaysiaToday article, called “Hospitals can apply for ‘off-label use’ of Ivermectin, says health ministry“.
It is very long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!
Woohoo!! GOOD NEWS!! IVERMECTIN is being recognised!!
Malaysia bucks the tide of heavy Pharma lobby and Approves IVERMECTIN!!
Truth : Malaysia Did Not Approve Ivermectin For COVID-19!
The truth is this is an “updated” combination of two prior fake news :
- Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?
- Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Officers : What Are The Facts?
This time, the fake news creator blatantly claims that Malaysia has approved ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.
The entire piece is nothing but fake news, and here are the facts…
Fact #1 : Malaysia Did Not Approve Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19
First, it must be made clear – Malaysia did NOT approve ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment or prophylaxis.
You cannot legally get a prescription for ivermectin to treat COVID-19 in Malaysia. In fact, it is ILLEGAL to sell ivermectin for human use in Malaysia.
Fact #2 : Hospitals Have To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19
The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) did not “allow” hospitals to use ivermectin as an “off-label” treatment of COVID-19.
They only said that hospitals can APPLY to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin.
KKM also said that the use of off-label medication “must be done in a monitored environment“.
Fact #3 : Off-Label Application Has Long Existed
The ability for hospitals to apply for off-label use of medications have long existed.
This permission to apply for off-label use isn’t something new, or exclusive to ivermectin.
Read more : Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Borody!
Fact #4 : Informed Patient Consent Is Required
As off-label use of medicine can be detrimental to the patient, it is important for the doctor to inform the patient of the risks and obtain his/her consent.
The treating physician in the hospital is required to fully explain the risks to the patient, who must then consent to the off-label use of ivermectin before it can be administered.
The signed consent form is then kept as part of the patient’s record.
Fact #5 : Ivermectin Mechanism Of Action Has Not Been Determined
The person who wrote the fake message claimed that ivermectin acts against COVID-19 in 3 ways. Its mechanism of action is currently unconfirmed.
There is no evidence that ivermectin will disrupt virus replication, which occurs after the cell is infected.
There is also no evidence that ivermectin will “flush out the viral debris”, or that it is the dead virus that causes a cytokine storm.
And there is also no evidence that the (proposed) anti-inflammatory properties of ivermectin can heal tissue damage.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Breathing Difficulties Caused By Pneumonia + ARDS
The fake news writer claims that ivermectin helps to “ease the air duct congestion“. It suggests that he/she falsely believes that COVID-19 creates asthma-like breathing difficulties.
Breathing difficulty in COVID-19 is caused by pneumonia and/or ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome).
COVID-19 causes damage to the blood vessels, causing them to fluid into your lungs. The fluid fills the air sacs in your lungs, which limits their ability to take in oxygen.
You start getting breathless and ARDS develops, leaving you unable to breathe on your own. This is when you require oxygen support, or mechanical ventilation.
Fact #7 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19
Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in vitro studies (labs studies), but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.
- June 2021 study in The Lancet : No improvement in symptoms or clinical outcomes with triple-dose ivermectin
- February 2021 study in The Lancet : No difference in transmissibility with double-dose ivermectin.
That is why the WHO and practically the vast majority of health authorities around the world do NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Fact #8 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Tested Against COVID-19 Variants
The fake news writer claims that with ivermectin “all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.”
What he/she left out was the fact that ivermectin has NOT been tested against COVID-19 variants!
Fact #9 : Ivermectin Isn’t That Safe
The fake news writer claimed that “In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions.”
That’s probably because no one has been stupid enough to self-medicate using ivermectin!
Now that so many people are self-medicating with ivermectin, we are getting reports of :
- 5X increase in ivermectin poisoning cases
- people overdosing on ivermectin
- liver damage in people taking ivermectin
Fact #10 : 32 Countries Are Not Using Ivermectin To Combat COVID-19
There is no evidence that 32 countries have officially used ivermectin to combat COVID-19, much less reported any success with it.
Countries that ivermectin proponents have been promoting – India, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa – have all failed to control COVID-19.
Just look at their COVID-19 case numbers below. Does it look like ivermectin helped them at all?
In fact, India dropped the use of ivermectin on 27 May 2021, after it proved to be ineffective against their COVID-19 surge.
Fact #11 : Current Vaccines Offer Good Protection Against Delta Variant
Major Rosli’s claim that current vaccines do not protect against the more dangerous Delta variant is FALSE.
Public Health England’s data have shown that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Delta variant, after two doses.
Fact #12 : Australia Does Not Use Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Australia does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Here is the 1 June 2021 conclusion on ivermectin by the Australian Department of Health :
There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.
Fact #13 : Singapore Does Not Use Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Singapore does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Here is the 18 June 2020 conclusion from the Singapore Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Rapid Review :
There is insufficient high-quality evidence to show chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are effective for post-exposure prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19.
Instead, evidence to date suggests the use of these agents is associated with more harms than standard of care.
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