Is Pfizer making a copy of ivermectin that they can patent as a drug to treat COVID-19?
Take a look at this viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Pfizer Is Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!
People are sharing this claim and a Twitter post by Pfizer on WhatsApp… AGAIN, after fake news circulated that Pfizer bought ivermectin factories.
Ivermectin by Pfizer is coming. They know it works. So they have to create a copy to make $. So blatantly obvious who had been censoring this drug. Read the comments.
If successful, this oral #antiviral therapy could be prescribed at the first sign of infection and provide a new treatment option that can be taken at home.https://t.co/d4e1DfCD0Q pic.twitter.com/DSisI8CPir
— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) July 28, 2021
Fact : Pfizer Is NOT Making Copy Of Ivermectin Copy To Treat COVID-19!
Like 99% of the viral news on ivermectin, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS.
Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : Pfizer Is Not Making A Copy Of Ivermectin
Anyone who clicks on the link in the Pfizer tweet will quickly realise that Pfizer is not making a copy of ivermectin at all.
But the fake news creator is counting on the fact that most people don’t bother to read beyond the viral message, or fact check before sharing.
It is now being recirculated to back up the fake claims that Pfizer bought up ivermectin factories.
Fact #2 : Pfizer Is Making Two Protease Inhibitors
Pfizer scientists are working on two SARS-CoV-2 protease inhibitors :
- PF-07321332, which is orally administered, and
- PF-07304814, which is intravenously-administered.
They are both not related to ivermectin, which is an anti-parasitic drug derived from the Streptomyces avermitilis bacteria.
Fact #3 : Ivermectin Works Differently From Protease Inhibitors
Ivermectin works differently from protease inhibitors.
Ivermectin works by binding to, and opening, the glutamate-gated chloride channels of nerve and muscle cells, increasing the flow of chloride ions that paralyses the affected tissue.
The Pfizer protease inhibitors work by binding to proteolytic enzymes used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. This prevents the virus from replicating in the infected cells, stopping the infection and preventing transmission.
Fact #4 : There Is No Censorship Of Ivermectin
There isn’t any censorship of ivermectin, which is why fake news on ivermectin has been allowed to proliferate on social media.
Not a day goes by when I do not see fake news on ivermectin being shared on Facebook or WhatsApp or Telegram.
Does that look like censorship to you? Or a sad lack of censorship and common sense?
Fact #5 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19
Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) 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 the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Fact #6 : New Drugs Require Approval
It doesn’t make sense for Pfizer to make a patentable copy of ivermectin. Unless it is significantly better than ivermectin, no one will buy their patented copy of ivermectin.
It would also require considerable resources for them to get the new “ivermectin copy” tested and approved.
If ivermectin really works, it would be better for Pfizer to simply produce ivermectin. After all, they no longer need to pay Merck for the patent!
Now, do you see why this is just ridiculously stupid fake news?
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