Did Japan approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19?
Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Japan Approved Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19!
People are sharing an article by GNEWS claiming that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19!
The article link (removed) is often shared with one of these comment :
Truth : Japan Did Not Approve Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19!
The truth is that this is a rehash of earlier fake news. As of 28 August 2021, Ivermectin is NOT approved in Japan for use against COVID-19.
Here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : Dr. Haruo Ozaki Wanted Off-Label Use Of Ivermectin
Dr. Haruo Ozaki suggested that doctors be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone “off-label” at a press conference on 9 February 2021.
He said, “I would like the government to consider treatment at the level of the family doctor.”
On 13 August 2021, he stated that “It is necessary to thoroughly study the clinical trials, but it seems that we are at the stage where it is okay to have the patient give an informed consent, and get permission to use it“.
Dr. Haruo Ozaki may be the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, but he can only make suggestions. He is not the Japanese Health Ministry and cannot approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
Fact #2 : Ivermectin Still NOT APPROVED In Japan For Use Again st COVID-19
As of 28 August 2021, Japan still does NOT allow Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.
In their July 2021 edition of COVID-19 treatment guidelines, Ivermectin is still listed in the category of drugs whose “efficacy and safety have not been established“.
Only two drugs have been approved (as of 28 August 2021) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for use against COVID-19 in Japan :
It is therefore FALSE for anyone to claim that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
Fact #3 : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Does NOT Recommend Ivermectin
Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government itself does NOT recommend the use of ivermectin.
In their latest 28 June 2021 FAQ on COVID-19, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states :
In other words, the same Metropolitan government that Dr. Haruo Ozaki advises did NOT accept his suggestion to allow the off-label use of ivermectin.
Fact #4 : Japan Health Ministry Warns Against Taking Ivermectin
On 21 February 2021, the Japanese Health Ministry warned against importing ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
The Health Ministry warned that even if people are taking ivermectin at their own risks, its side effects may not be covered by government relief.
Read more : Experts warn of ivermectin causing liver damage!
Fact #5 : Kitasato University Still TRYING To Conduct Ivermectin Trial
Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.
So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.
The study, CORVETTE-01 (Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.
However, as of the latest 24 June 2021 update, the study has not even recruited its target of 240 participants.
Fact #6 : Ivermectin Is Not 100% Safe
Ivermectin is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug, but it has not actually been widely used.
Ivermectin proponents like to tell us that 3.7 billion doses of ivermectin have been prescribed over the last 40 years. That’s just 92 million doses a year.
In 2018, 41 billion doses of Atorvastatin were prescribed – 11X more doses in a single year than all ivermectin doses ever sold in the last 40 years.
So no one really knows whether the dosage or treatment regimen they are advocating are safe, or even work against COVID-19!
In fact, when people started self-medicating with ivermectin, doctors started to see cases of liver damage, which even resulted in at least one liver transplant.
Patients treated with ivermectin was also shown to require invasive mechanical ventilation EARLIER than those who did not take ivermectin.
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