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Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Thomas Borody

Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Can the Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody really cure and prevent COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

Thomas Borody : Ivermectin Therapy Can End Pandemic In 6-8 Weeks!

This message on Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody is being circulated on WhatsApp.

It’s quite long, so just skip to the next section for the facts.


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The Centre for Digestive Diseases issued today a press release titled “Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol for COVID-19 Released to Australian GPs for Infected Elderly and Frontline Workers.”

As we previously covered, this early treatment protocol combines ivermectin with doxycycline and zinc.

“Triple therapy specialist Professor Thomas Borody, famous for curing peptic ulcers using a triple antibiotic therapy saving millions of lives, today released the COVID-19 treatment protocol to Australian GPs, who can legally prescribe it to their COVID-19 positive patients. They can also prescribe it as a preventative medication. Borody says this could be the fastest and safest way to end the pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.”

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Australian gastroenterologist, Thomas Borody, has been actively promoting his Ivermectin Triple Therapy to cure COVID-19.

Here are the FACTS about his Ivermectin Triple Therapy and the WhatsApp message above :

Fact #1 : That Was From 19 August 2020

While the message claims to be “Latest fantastic news”, it’s really OLD NEWS.

Professor Thomas Borody first released his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol on 19 August 2020.

Fact #2 : TGA Opened An Investigation Into His Claim

Right after Professor Borody issued that press statement, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) opened an investigation, as it may potential breach the ban on advertising COVID-19 treatments.

In February 2021, the TGA ordered former Australian senator David Leyonhjelm to take down his tweet advertising ivermectin. As his case showed, the TGA forbids :

  • all advertising of therapeutic goods containing the active ingredient ivermectin
  • making claims or representations in advertisements for any therapeutic goods that those goods [ivermectin] have any effect on COVID-19 (including that said therapeutic goods are capable of preventing, treating or alleviating COVID-19).

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Still Not Approved

Almost a year after Professor Borody “released” his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol, it is NOT approved for use against COVID-19, either as a treatment or prophylaxis.

The Australian Department of Health advised that (as of 1 June 2021), ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc should only be used in “properly conducted clinical trials with appropriate ethical approval”.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Not Proven To Work

The Australian Department of Health also pointed out that Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol has not been proven to be safe or effective against COVID-19.

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 #5 : Borody Was Working On Patented Ivermectin Triple Therapy

Back in August 2020, Professor Borody announced that he was involved in a Phase 2 study in the US to potentially develop the triple therapy as a single “blister pack” compliance product.

This appears to be a patented ivermectin triple therapy product by Topelia Therapeutics, with the study funded and run by ProgenaBiome.

Professor Borody has “corporate affiliation” to both ProgenaBiome LLC and Topelia Therapeutics.

Fact #6 : Borody Phase 2 Trial Stalled

Professor Borody’s Phase 2 study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT04482686) appears to have stalled.

Despite kicking off on 22 July 2020, it was still in the Recruiting stage, as of their last update – 14 May 2021, even though they were supposed to start the trial on 9 December 2020!

Fact #7 : Borody Switched To An Even Smaller Trial

After the Phase 2 trial stalled, Professor Borody moved to an even smaller trial, whose results were released on 7 July 2021 as a pre-print (not peer-reviewed).

The study reported “a highly effective ICT (Ivermectin Combination Therapy) which led to 100% survival and cure” in “moderately to severely ill COVID-19 patients with hypoxia”.

However, there are a few immediate concerns over that study :

  • It was a very small study, with just 24 participants – two of whom refused the treatment.
  • It was not a randomised controlled trial – the researchers picked who could participate
  • It was not a double-blinded trial, so patients knew they were receiving the ICT, not a placebo
  • The subjects were treated remotely, so compliance is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to self-monitor and self-record symptoms, and medical readings (EKG, blood pressure, temperature and SpO2), so accuracy of those data is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to perform their own swab tests for SARS-CoV-2, so test accuracy is uncertain.

Fact #8 : Australian GPs Always Had Right To Prescribe Off-Label

Professor Thomas Borody claimed that the release of his Ivermectin Triple Therapy allows Australian GPs to legally prescribe ivermectin. That’s not true.

Australian doctors have long had the ability to prescribe medicine off-label. As Richard Day in Australian Prescriber notes :

There is no legal impediment to prescribing off label, however the onus is on the prescriber to defend their prescription for an indication that is not listed in the product information.

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Australia Control Pandemic

When I watched the recent MAECC briefing, where they claimed ivermectin can end the COVID-19 pandemic in 6-8 weeks, I wondered how did they come to this conclusion?

I now realise that they plucked that claim from Professor Borody, who said on 19 August 2020 that ivermectin could end the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.

When Borody made that claim, Australia was already handling the pandemic very well though contact tracing, interstate border closures, travel bans as well as curfews and lockdowns.

They maintained a very low number of cases over the last 11 months, even without using his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

Fact #10 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Other Countries Control COVID-19

To be fair to Professor Borody, Australians did not take up his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

So let’s take a look at India and Peru where pro-Ivermectin proponents claim have successfully controlled COVID-19 with ivermectin.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Peru continues to suffer high numbers of COVID-19 cases over the last 18 months. Does it look like ivermectin is working for them???

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Fact #11 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Fuelling Online Scams

Ivermectin and ivermectin protocols like I-MASK+ (from the FLCCC) and Borody’s own Ivermectin Triple Therapy, have NOT been proven to work against COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Professor Borody’s promotion of his ivermectin triple therapy protocol has allowed online scams to proliferate.

Case in point – the Ziverdo Kit online scam.

Made by Windlas Biotech in India, the Ziverdo Kit uses the same combination of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc that Borody recommended.

Even though this combination only only US$2 per kit, scammers are selling at highly inflated prices to gullible people online.

Read more : Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

 

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Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit to treat COVID-19 is being promoted on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Find out what the Ziverdo Kit is all about, and why it is just a SCAM!

 

Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit Against COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit to treat COVID-19 is being actively promoted on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Here is an example of an advertisement, suggesting that the Ziverdo Kit is approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and it easily treats COVID-19.

 

Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19 : Why It’s A Scam!

People are worried about the surge in new COVID-19 cases and deaths from the Delta variant, which is highly-transmissible and appears to be partially resistant to vaccines.

Unfortunately, scammers are capitalising on our fear to sell fake cures online, and the Ziverdo Kit is one of them.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Ziverdo Kit Is Not WHO Approved

Scammers added the WHO logo to their advertisement to suggest that it is approved by the World Health Organisation.

The truth is – the WHO does not approve of ivermectin as a treatment or prevention for COVID-19.

The WHO certainly did not approve the Ziverdo Kit for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : WHO Advises That Ivermectin Be Used Only In Clinical Trials

As of 31 March 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that ivermectin be used only in COVID-19 clinical trials.

The current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

Ivermectin has only been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT appear to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

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.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #4 : Ziverdo Kit NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

The Ziverdo Kit treatment, which you can see below, has NEVER BEEN TESTED, much less proven to work against COVID-19.

The Ziverdo Kit treatment protocol you see below is simply made up, with no evidence that this combination or protocol does anything to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Ziverdo Kit Is NOT FDA Approved

Their website claims, “you can be sure that the best would be what the FDA would approve“, suggesting that the Ziverdo Kit is approved by the US FDA.

The truth is the Ziverdo Kit is NOT approved by the US FDA. You can verify this by searching the US FDA database yourself.

The individual drugs may be US FDA approved, but the Ziverdo treatment protocol is NOT approved by the FDA.

The FDA certainly does not advocate using Zinc, Ivermectin and Doxycycline against COVID-19 as the Ziverdo Kit website suggests.

Fact #6 : Ziverdo Kit Only Sold By Prescription!

The Ziverdo Kit is manufactured by Windlas Biotech in India, and is a Schedule H prescription drug.

It can only be sold with a prescription, and its use must be directed by a physician.

It was reportedly distributed in the Indian state of Goa, as part of a COVID-19 Home Isolation Monitoring Kit in October 2020, together with a pulse oximeter, thermometer, paracetamol, vitamins, face masks, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes.

But otherwise, you need a physician’s prescription to purchase it.

Fact #7 : Ziverdo Kit Online Prices Are Ridiculously Expensive!

Despite their advertisement claiming that it only costs US$10 per treatment, the Ziverdo Kit is really very expensive :

  • 9 strip kit : US$110 (about RM461 / £79 / S$149)
  • 12 strip kit : US$140 (about RM587 / £101 / S$189)
  • 16 strip kit : US$179 (about RM750 / £129 / S$242)
  • 19 strip kit : US$208 (about RM872 / £150 / S$281)
  • 24 strip kit : US$257 (about RM1,077 / £185 / S$347)
  • 32 strip kit : US$335 (about RM1,404 / £241 / S$453)
  • 48 strip kit : US$475 (about RM1,990 / £342 / S$642)

Based on the cheapest option, here is my comparison of its cost versus vaccines that have already been proven to work.

Don’t you think it’s CHEAPER and EASIER to just get vaccinated, instead of popping pills?

Product US Price Difference
Ziverdo Kit $110
to
$475
+12.8x
to
+59.4x
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39 +4.88x
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30 +3.75x
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10 +0.25x
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8 Baseline

Fact #8 : The Online Price Is A Scam!

Zinc is a cheap supplement, and both ivermectin and doxycycline are cheap drugs.

Windlas Biotech actually sells the entire kit for only 150 rupees, including all taxes! That is approximately US$2, £1.45, RM 8.40 or S$2.70.

Unfortunately, scammers are selling this Ziverdo Kit online for US$110 to US$475 to gullible, scared people.

Fact #9 : Ziverdo Kit Online Sale Is A Scam!

Let me just summarise the reasons why the online sale of Ziverdo Kit is a scam.

  1. It has not have been proven to work against COVID-19.
  2. It is not approved by the World Health Organisation.
  3. It is not approved by the US FDA.
  4. It can only be sold with a prescription.
  5. It is being sold online at ridiculous mark-ups of over 50X!

So please do not fall for the Ziverdo Kit online sale scam. And please warn your family and friends!

 

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Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is promoting ivermectin and the FLCCC, claiming that it has “proved to be incredibly effective at both preventing and treating COVID-19“.

Let’s go through LifeSiteNews’ claims on ivermectin and FLCCC, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

LifeSiteNews Promotes Ivermectin + FLCCC

The Catholic anti-abortion website, LifeSiteNews, recently promoted ivermectin and the 5-man FLCCC team that created the ivermectin protocol against COVID-19.

The author, Michael Haynes, even suggested that ivermectin “may well have saved” President Trump’s life“, but “has been subject to widespread suppression and misinformation” to “promote financial revenue over saving lives“.

 

Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is a well-known purveyor of fake news, so it’s not surprising to see them post fake news on ivermectin and the FLCCC.

Let’s go through the various claims LifeSiteNews made about ivermectin and the FLCCC, and find out what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : FLCCC Discovered COVID-19 Causes Inflammation + Blood Clots
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the FLCCC team “realized in March 2020” that COVID-19 causes “organ inflammation and blood clotting“, and they then developed their MATH+ protocol.

The truth is Chinese scientists had long noted that inflammatory response and coagulopathy in COVID-19 patients.

Case in point – this 11 March 2020 study published in the Lancet by Chinese scientists showed that :

  • 50% of people who died from COVID-19 had coagulopathy.
  • 90% of inpatients with COVID-19 pneumonia had coagulopathy.

They also suggested that the coagulopathy was caused by :

  • systemic pro-inflammatory cytokine responses
  • ACE2 receptors on myocytes and vascular endothelial cells

This multi-centre cohort study was carried out in Wuhan, during the early days of COVID-19 – in January 2020.

Did the FLCCC publish any paper to document and prove their “realisation” in March 2020? No.

Claim #2 : MATH+ Protocol Made Global Standard Of Hospital Care
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol developed by FLCCC was made the “global standard of hospital care“. That’s not true.

On 2 September 2020, the WHO strongly recommended the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19, but recommended against using systemic corticosteroids in non-severe COVID-19.

The MATH+ protocol is made up of Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Heparin.

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid and is thus part of the global standard of hospital care for COVID-19.

However, the rest of the MATH+ protocol is NOT part of the global standard of hospital care.

Claim #3 : MATH+ Protocol Proven By Latest Studies
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol was recommended against by health bodies throughout the world but subsequently made global standard of hospital care, “courtesy of later studies“.

The truth is the use of corticosteroids to treat the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) seen in COVID-19 was born out of experience with the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.

So when COVID-19 hit at the end of 2019, Chinese doctors immediately tried to use corticosteroids to treat their patients.

If you look at the 11 March 2020 Chinese study, you can see that the Chinese already succeeded in using corticosteroids in January 2020!

On top of that, the RECOVERY trial tested eight existing drugs in March 2020, including dexamethasone – a corticosteroid.

By June 2020, researchers were able to confirm that corticosteroids like dexamethasone can reduce mortality in severe and critical COVID-19.

The FLCCC did not run a single clinical trial to prove that the MATH+ protocol works better than just corticosteroids against COVID-19.

Claim #4 : MATH+ Protocol Hailed As Eminently Successful
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the MATH+ protocol was “hailed as eminently successful” and the FLCCC doctors were fast becoming “heroes of the pandemic”.

The truth is – the FLCCC had nothing to do with the success of corticosteroids in treating COVID-19.

The Chinese discovered the efficacy of corticosteroids in treating ARDS in SARS-CoV-1 – which is closely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As early as March 2020, they showed that corticosteroids were effective in improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This was confirmed by the RECOVERY trial by June 2020.

That’s why the FLCCC is not being feted. They had NOTHING to do with the discovery of corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID-19.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Proven To Work
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews wrote about how Dr. Kory from the FLCCC testified before the US Senate Homeland Security Committee in December 2020 that “ivermectin basically obliterates transmission of this virus” and that “if you take it, you will not get sick“.

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

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.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #6 : Ivermectin Worked In Peru + India
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that “thousands, even millions, were given the drug, with COVID cases and deaths plummeting as a result“.

As these latest COVID-19 charts show, that is simply NOT TRUE. Both countries continue to suffer badly from COVID-19.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Claim #7 : Only New Pharmaceutical Drugs Will Be Approved
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo claimed that “the only thing that’s considered to have sufficient evidence or proven efficacy is essentially a big new pharmaceutical drug”. That’s also FALSE.

As I pointed out above, corticosteroids which are patent-free and very cheap, were recommended as a global standard of care by the WHO on 2 September 2020.

I should also point out that the FLCCC ivermectin protocol not only uses VERY LITTLE ivermectin, it requires you to consume 5-6 pills every day, at great cost.

Read more : Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!
Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ Protocol $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

Claim #8 : President Trump Was Given Ivermectin
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo also claimed that former President Trump was given ivermectin, which “may well have saved the president’s life“.

LifeSite co-founder and president Steve Jalsevac suggested that Capuzzo’s claims could indeed be true, even though Capuzzo provided no reference for his claim.

The treatment that former President Trump received when he was infected with COVID-19 did NOT include ivermectin :

  • Dexamethasone
  • Remdesivir
  • Regeneron REGN-COV2 monoclonal antibodies
  • Zinc
  • Pepcid – an antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin D
  • Melatonin

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Lies : A Sin In Christianity

LifeSiteNews is well-known purveyor of fake news, and devout Christians should be wary about the lies they tell.

As LifeSiteNews is a faith-based Catholic publication, whose many readers and fans are devout Christians, it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone that…

LYING IN A SIN IN CHRISTIANITY

One of the Ten Commandments state that “thou shalt not beat false witness against thy neighbour“.

And the Bible has many verses on lying :

Proverbs 6:17-19 – Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 25:1 – Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

Peter 3:10 – Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

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Can COVID-19 Patients Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Is it true that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals?

Find out what’s the new ivermectin claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Why People Think You Can Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Recently, people discovered that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) allows off-label use of ivermectin in hospitals.

The ability of hospitals to apply for off-label use of medicine, not just ivermectin, has always been there. People just did not know that.

Unfortunately, this led people to falsely claim that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin.

Here are some examples (with our English translation) :

The Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

MOH now allows special off label use for patients who are interested in using ivermectin.

For now, this is only for hospital patients and patients who #request, not for general treatment and home quarantine.

This requires the consent of both parties.

Those in the hospital, don’t be shy to ask. I hope supply is enough.

KKM benarkan off label use khas untuk pesakit yg berminat untuk guna IVRMCTN.

Buat masa sekarang, ini hanya untuk pesakit hospital dan pesakit yang #request sahaja bukan rawatan umum dan quarantine rumah.

Hendaklan dapatkan persetujuan kedua-dua pihak.

Yg di hospital tu jangan malu-malu minta. I hope supply is enough.

 

COVID-19 Patients Cannot Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia!

Those viral messages are all FALSE!

COVID-19 patients in Malaysia cannot request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals.

On 10 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health denounced those viral messages as FALSE. Here is our English translation :

The content of the viral post is found to be false.

For your information, the off-label use of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment in Malaysia is only for clinical studies. Not at the request of patients in the hospital.

Tular mengenai posting seperti berikut. Isi kandungan posting tersebut didapati palsu.

Untuk makluman, penggunaan ivermectin secara off-label untuk rawatan COVID-19 di Malaysia pada masa ini adalah dalam kajian klinikal sahaja. Bukan atas permintaan pesakit di hospital.

Currently, COVID-19 patients with mild or moderate symptoms (Stage 2-3) are being enrolled in the Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients (I-TECH) trial that is being conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

We should point out that ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, and that the illegal sale of ivermectin is subject to a massive fine of up to RM 50,000, and/or up to 5 years of jail.

 

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Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Officers : What Are The Facts?

Are the claims on ivermectin made by a TUDM Brigadier-General and TUDM Major accurate?

Let’s take a look at the viral ivermectin claims by these TUDM officers, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Brigadier-General + Major

A message on ivermectin purportedly to be by a retired TUDM Brigadier-General and a retired TUDM major has gone viral on WhatsApp.

The message is long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS.

(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Am very happy today cos my friend’s wife who was tested Covid 19 positive was declared cleared of the Covid19 virus by the doctor at the Government Quarantined Centre this morning. She was on Ivermectin, vitamin C, fresh fruits and simple foods for 5 days. She was so happy. Please consider taking Ivermectin with vitamin C and zinc if any of your family members is infected with Covid19 virus. Early treatment with Ivermectin is even better. Don’t wait until stage 3 or 4

(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Happy too as MoH allow prescription of ivermectin fir treatment upon request though off label … saving life and easing the full icu capacity is utmost important

*******

(07/07, 05:38) Mej Mior Rosli TUDM(B): I have been promoting ivermactin but many laughed at me..

We do like to read but listen to so called experts.. but most of the experts are half past six and bogus..

We have to change our paradigm if we want to be a developed country..

– Maj Mior Rosli.
7Jul 21.

 

Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Officers : What Are The Facts?

TUDM Brigadier-General Dato Goh Seng Toh and Major Mior Rosli from TUDM (Royal Malaysia Air Force) made a number of amazing claims about ivermectin.

So let’s go through their ivermectin claims, and see what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : Ivermectin + Vitamin C + Zinc Works Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

TUDM Brigadier-General Dato Goh Seng Toh is advising all of us to “consider taking ivermectin with vitamin C and zinc“, but provides no evidence for their efficacy 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.

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.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #2 : MoH Allows Prescription Of Ivermectin For COVID-19 Treatment
Verdict : Misleading

The Malaysia Ministry of Health does NOT allow the prescription of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.

However, they allow hospitals to apply to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin, which “must be done in a monitored environment“.

So you cannot simply get a prescription for ivermectin. Neither can you buy it online or over-the-counter.

Be warned – the illegal sale of ivermectin is punishable by fines of up to RM50K and/or 5 years jail!

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?
Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Claim #3 : 32 Countries Used Ivermectin To Combat COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

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? Is it therefore surprising to learn that on 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin?

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Claim #4 : It Is Safe To Take 10 Ivermectin Tablets At One Go
Verdict : Misleading

TUDM Major Mior Rosli claimed that it is safe to take 10 ivermectin tablets at one go. That’s potentially dangerous advice, because ivermectin tablets come in different doses, and the proper dosage is tied to body weight.

A 2002 study on ivermectin safety showed that it was safe at up to 120 mg in a single dose. This is 10X the FDA-approved dose of 200 micrograms per kg for a 60 kg healthy adult.

However, the study did not look at taking such a large dose of ivermectin on a continuous basis, only a single dose.

In addition, self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Claim #5 : Ivermectin Kills Any COVID-19 Variant
Verdict : FALSE

TUDM Major Rosli claimed that ivermectin kills any COVID-19 variant. That’s FALSE, because ivermectin does not actually “kill” the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but that’s not the same thing as killing it.

Just because I blocked you from entering my home, does that mean I killed you? Of course not!

Several mechanisms of action has been proposed for ivermectin, none of which actually involves killing the virus :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

Claim #6 : Current Vaccines Do Not Protect Against Delta Variant
Verdict : FALSE

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.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Claim #7 : India Used Ivermectin To Control Delta Variant
Verdict : FALSE

That’s not true. India had earlier adopted ivermectin for use in mild or asymptomatic COVID-19, but that is no longer the case.

On 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and even plasma therapy after they proved to be INEFFECTIVE against COVID-19.

Claim #8 : Philippines Allowed Ivermectin To Be Used
Verdict : Misleading

As it so happened, I watched the Philippines Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability bully the Filipino Secretary of Health, Francisco Tiongson Duque III in the HR 1711 public hearing.

Just like in Malaysia, the Philippines already allows hospitals to apply for off-label use of medicine.

So what Secretary Duque did was agree to clarify that there is an existing CSP (Compassionate Special Permit) that doctors can apply for.

Read more : Philippine Secretary of Health Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors?

Claim #9 : Australia Is Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

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.

Claim #10 : Singapore Is Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

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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Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Is it true that the Malaysia Ministry of Health now allows hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label” against COVID-19?

Take a look at the viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Hospitals Now Allowed To Use Ivermectin To Treat 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“.

The Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

Ivermectin acts in 3 ways.

Pre infection and in the early stage of covid-19, the drug has been shown to disrupt virus replication. This means the virus cannot multiply in your body.

If the virus has already set in before treatment, the next effect of ivermectin is to flush out the viral debris that triggers the immune response resulting in the cytokine storm which destroys lung tissue.

If ivermectin is administered late, its anti-inflammatory properties help to ease the air duct congestion and heal some of the tissue damage.

In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions. Best of all, even those who have been vaccinated can take ivermectin safely. The way ivermectin works is independent of virus variant, so all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

The constant pressure from the ivermectin lobby has borne results. Let us all take advantage of it. If you are at risk, ask for ivermectin.

 

Truth : Hospitals Has To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

The viral message is using an actual FMT article to convey a FALSE narrative. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : 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 #2 : 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.

Fact #3 : Patient Consent Is Also 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.

In 2012, KKM started introducing a patient consent form, which was updated in 2016, with the latest version issued on 11 March 2019.

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 the medication before it can be administered.

The signed consent form is then kept as part of the patient’s record.

Fact #4 : 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.

It has been PROPOSED that ivermectin acts by these mechanisms :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

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 #5 : 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.

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Fact #6 : 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.

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.

Recommended : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #7 : 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!

On the other hand, vaccines are being tested against COVID-19 variants, and we know that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Alpha and Delta variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Isn’t Necessarily 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!

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

 

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Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!

Is ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19 really cheap, as its proponents claim?

Take a look at the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is advocating, and find out what it really costs!

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Prophylaxis Against COVID-19

Dr. Paul E. Marik of the FLCCC is advocating that health authorities use his I-MASK+ protocol to prevent and treat COVID-19.

For prevention of COVID-19, Dr. Paul Marik is recommending that we take these medication :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1, day 3 and then every 4 weeks
  • Vitamin D3 : 1,000 to 3,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 2,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 250 mg every day
  • Zinc : 50 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 6 mg every night

For early treatment of COVID-19, the doses go way up :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1 and day 3
  • Vitamin D3 : 4,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 4,000 to 6,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 500 mg every day
  • Zinc : 100 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 10 mg every night
  • Aspirin : 325 mg every day

The standard dose of ivermectin is 0.2 mg/kg, so that is not actually controversial. An adult of 60 kg would therefore require a dose of 12 mg of ivermectin.

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : How Cheap Is It?

Ivermectin proponents insist that its use is being suppressed because its patent ran out, and so Big Pharma does not benefit from its sale.

That is not really true, because all pharmaceutical companies that make ivermectin will make money off it. Even Merck, whose patent ran out in 1996, still makes money off ivermectin.

So let’s ignore the argument about patents. Let’s just look at the cost of the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is promoting.

Ivermectin is not sold over the counter in many countries, as it is only used in animals. So it is often sold at inflated prices online.

Here is an example I found on Shopee earlier this month. A strip of 10 tablets cost RM150 (US$36). That’s RM15 (US$3.60) per 12 mg tablet.

There may also been reports that some doctors were illegally selling ivermectin at RM35 per tablet (US$8.45), and RM150 (US$36) per strip.

But the good news is FLCCC’s ivermectin prophylaxis actually uses very little ivermectin! You only take it once a month!

Recommended : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Then I took a look at the supplements Dr. Marik showcased in his video to work out their costs :

  • Nature Made Vitamin D3 (1,000 IU, 300 softgels) : US$10.29
  • Nature Made Vitamin C (500 mg, 150 tablets) : US$11.66 (up&up brand not available)
  • Vital Quercetin (250 mg, 100 capsules) : US$29.10
  • Windmill Zinc Sulphate (50 mg, 90 tablets) : US$7.45
  • Now Foods Melatonin (3 mg, 180 capsules) : US$9.92

Based on those prices, here is my comparison of the COST of the I-MASK+ prophylaxis protocol versus a selection of COVID-19 vaccines :

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

As you can see, the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is promoting costs more than COVID-19 vaccines after just 1 month!

So it really doesn’t make financial sense to choose the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis over COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, the table above shows that it is not the pharmaceutical companies making the big bucks through vaccines, but the SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY making big bucks from the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis!

There is no doubt that the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis is ridiculously expensive, and only serves to line the pockets of the supplement industry.

 

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : Other Issues…

There are other issues with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC and their supporters are advocating.

Taking Pills Every Day…

The FLCCC calls for people to take ivermectin like a monthly supplement, together with large amounts of vitamin D3, vitamin C and other supplements every single day!

And for how long does FLCCC expect people to pop these pills? Until the pandemic is over? That could be months!

How long do you think people can keep up with the daily regime of popping 5 to 6 pills? What if they forget?

It would be far EASIER for people to simply get vaccinated. Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, but some require only one dose.

Would you prefer to just get one or two injections, or consume 5 to 6 pills every single day, until the pandemic is over?

Ivermectin Not Proven To Prevent COVID-19…

The biggest problem with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is advocating is that – it hasn’t actually been proven to prevent COVID-19.

The latest Lancet study on high-dose ivermectintriple of what FLCCC is advocating – showed no difference in clinical outcomes!

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

Even more troubling – neither Dr. Marik nor the FLCCC has actually run any clinical trial to test and confirm the efficacy of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol!

FLCCC Uses Very Little Ivermectin…

What’s even more surprising is how little ivermectin FLCCC is actually using in their ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19.

They are not only using the standard ivermectin dose, it is only taken once every 4 weeks! Even if you were exposed, you only take ivermectin for two days!

The bulk of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol involves eating lots of supplements on a daily basis.

If ivermectin really works against COVID-19, why is it used so little in the FLCCC ivermectin protocol?

 

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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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MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

MAECC claims that ivermectin will allow us to control COVID-19 in just 6 weeks, and the Malaysian media did not bother to fact check them.

So I took it upon myself to go through their video, and find out if what they said is true or false.

 

MAECC : Ivermectin Can Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks!

On 21 June 2021, MAECC (Malaysian Alliance for Effective COVID Control) held a press conference, claiming that ivermectin works and can control COVID-19 in 6 weeks.

Who is MAECC? They call themselves an alliance of 6 medical and health associations, comprising of :

  • SNH : Society of Natural Health, Malaysia
  • MAAFIM : Malaysian Association for Advancement of Function and Interdisciplinary Medicine
  • PPIM : Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia
  • MSCM : Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine
  • NMAM : Naturopathy Medicine Association Malaysia

 

MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : A Fact Check

Unfortunately, it appears that the Malaysian media just blindly reported on whatever MAECC said about ivermectin, and did not bother to fact-check.

So I took it upon myself to go through their video, and find out if what they said is true or false.

As always, I welcome corrections if I made any mistakes, or suggestions for improvements.

Dr. Paul E. Marik’s Presentation

The MAECC briefing started with a pre-recorded briefing by Dr. Paul E. Marik on ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Nowhere in his presentation did he mention that ivermectin can control COVID-19 in Malaysia in just 6 weeks.

I fact checked his short presentation in my article, Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

MAECC Statement

Dr. Amir Farid Isahak read out the MAECC statement, calling for ivermectin and supplements to be used as a prophylaxis and treatment against COVID-19.

The official MAECC statement claimed that Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is allowed to be used.

Fact Check : There’s no evidence that ivermectin has helped any country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks”.

The MAECC statement claimed that medical and healthcare practitioners and researchers have sworn the Hippocratic oath and compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration.

Fact Check : Doctors have to comply with modern ethical standards, which are inspired by the Hippocratic oath, but not actually sworn to the Hippocratic oath per se.

The Nuremberg Code is a set of research ethics principles on human experimentation, used in the Nuremberg trials after World War 2. It has not been adopted as law or official ethics guidelines by any association or country.

The Helsinki Declaration is a set of ethical principles that govern human experimentation. It is not legally binding, but serves as a higher standard to which the medical community should abide with.

The MAECC statement went on to say that it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin in all stages of COVID-19.

Fact Check : Article 32 of the Helsinki Declaration actually states that “unproven methods should be tested in the context of research where this is a reasonable belief of possible benefit”.

In other words, MAECC’s insistence that ivermectin should be used without waiting for clinical trials goes AGAINST the Helsinki Declaration.

 

MAECC Ivermectin Q&A Session : A Fact Check

Then MAECC held a Q&A session with their expert panel that consisted of :

  • Datuk Dr. Selvam Rengasamay (SAHAMM)
  • Professor Dr. Mustafa Ali (MAAFIM)
  • Dr. Abd Wahab Khalid Osman (MAAFIM)
  • Dr. Vijaendreh Subramaniam (MAAFIM)

Let’s go through what some of the panelists said about ivermectin and COVID-19. For sake of brevity, I will only address the points that I found to be false or partially false.

Claim #1 : Enough Research On Ivermectin Efficacy
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali stated that the papers (studies) on ivermectin are adequate to be convinced that ivermectin works very well against COVID-19 as treatment and prophylaxis. “We are very sure of that“.

Dr. Vijaendreh somewhat contradicted Dr. Mustafa later by saying that ivermectin is “not the magic pill that will solve” COVID-19.

The truth is ivermectin has not yet been proven to be efficacious against COVID-19.

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.

Claim #2 : A Local Ivermectin Trial Has Not Been Initiated
Verdict : False

Dr. Selvam Rengsamy recommended that the authorities use their emergency powers to initiate a trial – “If you want to do a trial to justify its use, it has to be initiated quickly“.

He also said that, “The problem is the local studies are being demanded. We have not done, but others have done.

The truth is the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) had already initiated their ivermectin trial on 6 June 2021, called I-TECH – Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients.

Claim #3 : Local Ivermectin Trial Only For Stage 3 + Stage 4
Verdict : Partially False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa later stated that there is a local ivermectin clinical trial, but it’s only for Stage 3 and Stage 4 patients.

The I-TECH trial, that is being conducted by the Institute of Medical Research, is enrolling patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms – Stage 2 to Stage 3.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Can Terminate COVID-19 Transmission
Verdict : False

When asked if it is really possible that COVID-19 can be controlled in Malaysia in just 6-8 weeks, Dr. Vijaendreh said, “that claim is obviously made based on experiences in countries that have instituted such widespread usage in the population“.

Dr. Vijaendreh said that ivermectin would “terminate the transmission” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There is no evidence of that.

Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but that’s not the same thing as preventing the transmission of the virus.

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

Dr. Vijaendreh later clarified that it may not stop transmission 100% but it will reduce it significantly. However, that remains to be confirmed.

Claim #5 : WHO Recognises Ivermectin As World’s Safest Drug
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali stated that ivermectin is the “safest drug in the world recognised by WHO“.

That’s simply not true. WHO did not recognise that ivermectin (or any other drug) is the safest drug in the world.

In fact, WHO recommends that (as of 31 March 2021), ivermectin should “only be used within clinical trials“!

Ivermectin is merely one of the 460 or so drugs in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.

Claim #6 : India, Peru, Mexico Used Ivermectin Successfully
Verdict : False

Dr. Wahab said, “India, Peru, Mexico – they have all done it. They’re doing very well. And the Philippines have also seen improvements“.

The moderator, Capt. Dr. Wong then chimed in, “Peru, Chile, Brazil, South Africa – many countries“.

That’s not true. India had earlier adopted ivermectin for use in mild or asymptomatic COVID-19, but that is no longer the case.

On 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and even plasma therapy.

As for ivermectin’s efficacy in the countries they mentioned, I think it can be summarised by these charts.

Does it look like any of these countries controlled COVID-19 in 6 to 8 weeks?

Claim #6 : WHO + US CDC Do Not Endorse Anything That Works
Verdict : False

Dr. Selvam Rengsamy said that “they have never endorsed anything that works. Honestly. I mean, they don’t endorse anything that is natural, that is safe and extremely effective, with zero side effects“.

That is categorically not true, even if we merely look at the narrow context of COVID-19 treatments.

The WHO Solidarity Trial, for example, found that corticosteroids were effective in treating severe and critical COVID-19.

Hence, corticosteroids are now part of the standard of care worldwide for patients with severe or critical COVID-19.

And both the WHO and US CDC have strongly endorsed COVID-19 vaccines, which have all been proven to offer robust protection against COVID-19.

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

Claim #7 : Ivermectin Is Only Way To Cut Chain Of Infection
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali said in the end that there is only one solution (to cut the chain of infection) he can think of – use ivermectin.

The truth is there are many ways to cut the chain of infection. We just need to target ANY of these six links in the chain of infection :

  1. Entry Portal (how the virus gets in)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus gets in through our eyes, nose and mouth. To break this link in the chain :
    – Wear a face mask / respirator and face shield / eyewear.
    – Maintain good hand hygiene.
  2. The Reservoir (where the virus lives)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus lives in our respiratory tract. To break this link in the chain :
    – Enact lockdowns to prevent people from socialising.
    – Maintain physical distance from other people.
  3. Exit Portal (how the virus gets out)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus exits the host through droplets and aerosols. To break this link in the chain :
    – Wear a face mask / respirator.
    – Maintain physical distance from other people.
    – Improve indoor aeration.
  4. Transmission (how the virus spreads)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosol. To break this link in the chain :
    – Enact lockdowns to prevent people from socialising.
    – Wear a face mask / respirator and face shield / eyewear.
    – Maintain good hand hygiene.
  5. Viable Host
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus can only replicate in a vulnerable host. To break this link in the chain :
    – Vaccinate against COVID-19!

Now that vaccines are readily available, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is our best way out of this pandemic.

So stop obsessing over ivermectin and supplements as a prophylaxis. We already have prophylaxis that works – COVID-19 vaccines!

Why pop pills every single day, when you can get protected against COVID-19 with just 1 to 2 injections?

 

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Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

The FLCCC is promoting the use of ivermectin and supplements over vaccines, to protect against COVID-19.

Find out what whether ivermectin and supplements really work better than vaccines against COVID-19!

 

FLCCC : Ivermectin + Supplements Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines

On 21 June 2021, MAECC (Malaysian Alliance for Effective COVID Control) held a press conference, claiming that ivermectin works and can control COVID-19 in 6 weeks.

You can read my fact check of the MAECC expert panel @ MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

The MAECC briefing started with a pre-recorded briefing by Dr. Paul E. Marik on ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

He describes how his I-MASK+ and MATH+ protocols focus on pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis and early treatment on COVID-19.

For prevention of COVID-19, Dr. Paul Marik is recommending that we take these medication :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1, day 3 and then every 4 weeks
  • Vitamin D3 : 1,000 to 3,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 2,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 250 mg every day
  • Zinc : 50 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 6 mg every night

For early treatment of COVID-19, the doses go way up :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1 and day 3
  • Vitamin D3 : 4,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 4,000 to 6,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 500 mg every day
  • Zinc : 100 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 10 mg every night
  • Aspirin : 325 mg every day

Dr. Paul Marik then shared this slide on WHO VigiAccess, to demonstrate what he called “misinformation” on the safety of ivermectin.

When it came to the COVID-19 vaccines, he claimed they resulted in over 5,000 deaths (the 1,928 deaths in the slide was apparently outdated).

 

Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Do ivermectin and supplements really work better than COVID-19 vaccines? Let’s consider these facts…

Fact #1 : Dr. Marik Misrepresented VigiAccess Data

Let’s start with the slide that Dr. Marik used to prove that ivermectin is safer than COVID-19 vaccines.

He claimed that the WHO VigiAccess system showed that ivermectin resulted in only 16 deaths, while COVID-19 vaccines caused over 5,000 deaths so far.

That’s completely false.

The WHO VigiAccess system just collects data from pharmacovigilance surveillance systems like the US VAERS and the UK Yellow Card.

Those are open reporting systems, where anyone from anywhere can report any side effect without verification.

I wrote about them earlier (here, here, here), showing how I can create fake adverse effect reports in VAERS and Yellow Card.

It is irresponsible and wrong to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous using unverified pharmacovigilance reports by the public.

Recommended : How Antivaxxers Use VAERS To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #2 : 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?

Fact #3 : Vaccination Far EASIER Than Daily Supplements

The FLCCC calls for people to take ivermectin like a monthly supplement, together with large amounts of vitamin D3, vitamin C and other supplements every single day!

And for how long does FLCCC expect people to pop these pills? Until the pandemic is over? That could be months!

It would be far EASIER to simply get vaccinated. Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, but some require only one dose.

Would you prefer to just get one or two injections, or consume 5 to 6 pills every single day, until the pandemic is over?

Fact #4 : Vaccination Far CHEAPER Than Daily Supplements

COVID-19 vaccines are provided FREE of charge in most countries around the world, whereas supplements are certainly not free. Neither are they cheap!

Sure, anti-vaccination proponents claim that COVID-19 vaccines are expensive, and ultimately the people end up paying for it.

But exactly how expensive are COVID-19 vaccines? And how do they compare against the ivermectin + supplement course that FLCCC is advocating?

I took a look at the supplements Dr. Marik showcased in his video to work out their costs :

  • Nature Made Vitamin D3 (1,000 IU, 300 softgels) : US$10.29
  • Nature Made Vitamin C (500 mg, 150 tablets) : US$11.66 (up&up brand not available)
  • Vital Quercetin (250 mg, 100 capsules) : US$29.10
  • Windmill Zinc Sulphate (50 mg, 90 tablets) : US$7.45
  • Now Foods Melatonin (3 mg, 180 capsules) : US$9.92

Ignoring the cost of ivermectin (since it’s so rarely used and you can’t buy it over-the-counter), here is my comparison of the COST of the I-MASK+ prophylaxis protocol versus a selection of COVID-19 vaccines :

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ $0.90 per day
$27 per month
$328 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

As you can see, the supplements that FLCCC is promoting cost more than COVID-19 vaccines after just 1-2 months!

So it really doesn’t make financial sense to choose daily supplements over COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, the table above shows that it is not the pharmaceutical companies making the big bucks through vaccines, but the SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY making money hand over fist!

Fact #5 : Vaccines, Not Ivermectin, Proven To Protect Against COVID-19

We already have prophylaxis for COVID-19 – vaccines. They are cheaper and more convenient than popping pills every single day.

So there is simply no reason to advocate for ivermectin as prophylaxis. More so when vaccines have been proven to protect against COVID-19, while ivermectin has not!

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, for example, were shown in large Phase 3 trials involving over 70,000 people, to offer 94% to 95% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

The latest Lancet study on high-dose ivermectintriple of what FLCCC is advocating – showed no difference in clinical outcomes!

I should also point out that FLCCC has not run any clinical trial to test and confirm the efficacy of their I-MASK+ or MATH+ protocols.

So why bother with ivermectin that has not yet been proven to work? Just stick with COVID-19 vaccines that have already been proven to be safe and effective, cheaper and far more convenient!

 

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Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Please be warned that individuals who sell illegal ivermectin can face fines of up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of imprisonment!

And companies caught illegally selling ivermectin can be fined up to RM100,000!

 

Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

On 23 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued a press release, warning that the sale of illegal ivermectin is subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

According to Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Norhaliza bin A. Halim, they conducted a raid that confiscated about RM4,000 worth of illegal ivermectin from two premises.

 

Don’t Buy Illegal Ivermectin To Prevent / Treat COVID-19

KKM clarified that ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of a few tropical diseases like onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis and helminthiasis.

There are currently over 30 ivermectin products registered in Malaysia, and they are all only used in animals.

KKM reasserts that there is no concrete evidence to recommend the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.

The WHO currently recommends that ivermectin be used only in COVID-19 clinical trials, where patients are closely monitored by specialists and researchers to investigate its safety and efficacy.

For more details on ivermectin and its effectiveness against COVID-19, please see these articles :

 

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Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

The latest study on the effectiveness of Ivermectin on COVID-19 was just published in The Lancet.

Take a look at what it really said about how effective Ivermectin is in treating COVID-19!

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study On The Lancet

Alejandro Krolewiecki et. al. just published a research paper in The Lancet called “Antiviral effect of high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19: A proof-of-concept randomized trial“.

It is being heralded as more evidence that ivermectin works against COVID-19.

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out what it REALLY says about ivermectin and COVID-19…

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

For those who want a simple TLDR summary of this ivermectin study :

  • This was a small pilot study of just 45 patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19.
  • It provided additional evidence that high-dose ivermectin of up to 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days is safe.
  • Patients responded differently to high-dose ivermectin – about half had low plasma levels, and the other half had high plasma levels.
  • Low plasma levels of ivermectin showed no ability to reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load
  • High plasma levels of ivermectin can reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load at a higher rate.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30.

This study provided some in-vivo evidence to back up earlier in-vitro (in the lab) studies that showed ivermectin inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 in African green monkey kidney cells.

While the study authors believe that the results warrant further research, it is really another nail in the coffin for ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Despite tripling the standard dose and using it for 5 doses (instead of a single dose), there was NO IMPROVEMENT in the symptoms or outcome of any of the patient in this study.

Even though the study is small, it helps to confirm that ivermectin’s antiviral property is dependent on plasma level (not dose), and that it appears to be safe when taken as a triple dose for 5 days.

For those who want more details, here is a summary of the Krolewiecki et. al. study on using high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19 :

Purpose Of This Study

  • To evaluate the antiviral activity of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the safety profile of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the potential clinical utility of ivermectin in COVID-19
  • To evaluate the relationship between IVM plasma concentration and COVID-19 viral load

Study Design

  • Pilot study of 45 participants, recruited between 18 May and 9 September, 2020.
  • Patients were between 18 and 69 years of age, and had RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19.
  • Patients were hospitalised but did not require intensive care.
  • Patients had up to 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Patients did not use any other drugs with potential activity against COVID-19, like immunomodulators, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, remdesivir and azithromycin.
  • The trial was randomised, but not blinded to both patients or the team treating them.

Ivermectin Dose

  • Patients in the IVM group received 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days.
  • Available data on ivermectin showed that 600 µg/kg is safe when taken for up to 3 days.

Note : Standard treatment for strongyloidiasis or onchocerciasis is a single dose of ivermectin at 200 µg/kg.

Study Results

  • The high-dose, multi-day ivermectin treatment was well-tolerated, with grade 1 and grade 2 side effects. The most common side effect was rashes of up to 24 hours (10%).
  • Overall, there was NO difference in viral load between the control group and the IVM group.

  • Patients who received high-dose ivermectin had different plasma levels
    – 11 out of 20 (55%) had less than 160 ng/mL
    – 9 out of 20 (45%) had over 160 ng/mL
  • Patients with lower IVM plasma level (<160 ng/mL) had slightly lower viral load reduction than the control group.
  • Only patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) had a “statistically significant” higher viral load reduction than the control group.

  • This is arguably the most significant finding in this study – patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) showed significantly higher viral decay rate.

  • There were no differences in clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters between the control and IVM groups.
  • There was no significant difference in clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30 between the control and IVM groups.

 

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India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India just dropped not only ivermectin, but also HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) and favipiravir to treat COVID-19!

Find out why they did so, and what it means for COVID-19 treatment in India!

 

India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India had earlier been criticised for continuing to recommend HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) as prophylaxis since at least May 2020, even though it failed to prevent two massive COVID-19 surges.

Then they recommended the use of ivermectin in mild or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 that are in home quarantine, even though it has not been proven to work against COVID-19.

On 27 May 2021, the Directorate General of Health Services of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released updated Comprehensive Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 patients.

That updated COVID-19 treatment guidelines removed not just ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, but also other popular off-label treatments like azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and plasma therapy.

By dropping hydroxycholoroquine, India was finally acknowledging that HCQ simply does not work against COVID-19 – a fact that the world had known since June 2020, when the WHO Solidarity Trial dropped it after determining that it was ineffective against COVID-19.

As we explained before, the verdict on ivermectin is still out, so it simply does not make sense to use it as a mainstream COVID-19 treatment, outside of clinical trials.

The same goes for favipiravir, which is also under investigation as a potential treatment for COVID-19, after lab tests and small pilot studies in humans showed some benefit in reducing symptoms and duration of illness. However, there is still not enough evidence to use it to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.

 

Indian COVID-19 Treatment w/o Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir

The Indian treatment guidelines for COVID-19 is now much simpler, after removing a whole bunch of off-label drugs.

For example, there is basically no treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, bringing it in line with the rest of the world.

Oxygen support for mild COVID-19 still seems excessive, but it is a heck of a lot better than the earlier guidelines!

Only two off-label drugs are now authorised for emergency use against COVID-19 – remdesivir and tocilizumab, with the following warnings :

Remdesivir

  • Emergency Use Authorisation based on limited scientific evidence globally.
  • Only to be used in select moderate / severe hospitalised COVID-19 patients on supplemental oxygen, within 10 days of onset of disease.
  • Exercise extreme caution as this is an experimental drug with potential to harm.

Tocilizumab

  • Only approved for use in severe and critically-ill COVID-19 patients, that meet these conditions :
    a) no signs of improvement in oxygen requirement after 24-48 hours on corticosteroids
    b) has significantly raised inflammatory markets (C-Creative Protein ≥ 75 mg/L)
  • Must only be used with patients who are free of any bacterial / fungal / tuberculous infection.

 

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Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

Malaysia just kicked off an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients!

Here is what we know about Ivermectin and the new I-TECH Study!

 

Ivermectin : Why The Interest In Malaysia?

Ivermectin is an US FDA-approved broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, that is on the WHO List of Essential Medicines.

In use since 1981 against parasitic diseases like onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis and helminthiasis, it has a known safety profile, and is relatively cheap.

It is also routinely used to treat parasitic worms in animals, and is used as a prophylaxis against heartworm in dogs.

Recently, the Malaysia Ministry of Health came under pressure by an unknown NGO who called themselves CIVDAC – Coalition on Integrity of Vaccines & Drugs Against COVID-19.

While their claims were debunked, it appears that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is opting to allocate precious resources to counter CIVDAC claims that they are not looking into Ivermectin seriously.

Recommended : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

 

Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

On 6 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they started an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients called the I-TECH Study.

The I-TECH Study is a multi-centre open-label randomised controlled trial conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

The name I-TECH is short for Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients was approved by the Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) on 25 May 2021.

It is being carried out by infectious disease physicians at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh and a team of specialists and Clinical Research Centres at twelve MOH hospitals.

This study will enrol a total of 500 subjects from 50 years and older high-risk patients, who were admitted to MOH hospitals with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms (Stage 2-3).

They will be given either an Ivermectin treatment with a specific dose and specific duration, or the current standard of care alone.

This will allow the ICR to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin in preventing the progression of COVID-19 to severe disease (Stage 4-5), and the mortality outcomes.

The ICR has setup a Data Monitoring Board (DMB) consisting of independent infectious disease physicians, clinical trial pharmacists and methodological experts to safeguard the trial patients.

The I-TECH Study started with the First-Patient-In on 31 May 2021, with a total of 8 patients enrolled by 6 June 2021. They expect the study to be completed by September 2021.

 

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India COVID-19 Cases Plummet Due To Ivermectin + HCQ?

Is it true that COVID-19 cases are plummeting in India after they started promoting the use of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine?

Find out what’s the latest miracle claim involving Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : India COVID-19 Cases Plummet Due To Ivermectin + HCQ!

The COVID Blog is at it again, creating more COVID-19 fake news with The Gateway Pundit promoting them.

This time, the unnamed writer behind The COVID Blog wrote a piece about how COVID-19 cases are plummeting in India after they started promoting the use of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.

Have no fear. Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are here.

The India health ministry updated its guidelines on April 28 for quarantines, treating the asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms of COVID-19. The agency now says that asymptomatic patients should “consider Tab Ivermectin (200 mcg/kg once a day, to be taken empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days.” Caregivers of patients in quarantine are instructed to “take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as per protocol and as prescribed by the treating medical officer.”

So what evidence did The COVID Blog offer? The unnamed writer referred to Dr. Pierre Kory of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance – the main proponent of Ivermectin.

Dr. Kory basically did a live Zoom session to show how new COVID-19 cases in India dropped after India started using Ivermectin.

But we have to label his charts as Misleading, for reasons that we will explain below…

 

India COVID-19 Cases Not Plummeting Due To Ivermectin + HCQ!

The simple truth is – COVID-19 cases in India are NOT plummeting due to ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, as The COVID Blog or Dr. Pierre Kory claim.

And how do we know this? Let’s dissect the thin veneer of “evidence” they proffered…

Fact #1 : India Updated Guidelines For Mild / Asymptomatic Cases

It is true that India updated their guidelines for mild / asymptomatic cases on 28 April 2021.

Instead of reading the modified copy with The COVID Blog’s watermark all over it, take a look at the official guidelines instead.

But note that these are guidelines for mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases that the Indian government wants to self-isolate at home.

It’s even mentioned in the title – Revised Guidelines for Home Isolation of Mild / Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases.

So these guidelines are NOT for the treatment of hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

Fact #2 : India Used Hydroxychloroquine Since May 2020

While The COVID Blog claimed that new COVID-19 cases in India are falling because they started using hydroxychloroquine, that is easily disproven.

At least since 10 May 2020, the Indian government recommended that caregivers and all close contacts of COVID-19 cases be given hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis (prevention).

Irrespective of what The COVID Blog may write, the updated guidelines only added Ivermectin as an option, not hydroxychloroquine.

Fact #3 : Hydroxychloroquine Did Not Help Prevent COVID-19

Despite the prophylactic use of hydroxychloroquine since May 2020, India’s COVID-19 cases continued rising until they hit a peak of 97,894 new cases on 16 September 2020.

More recently, India suffered a MASSIVE surge in COVID-19 cases, reaching a height of 414,188 new cases on 6 May 2021.

As this chart shows, hydroxychloroquine does not appear to show any ability in preventing COVID-19 in India.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Ivermectin / HCQ Reduced COVID-19 Cases

Despite what Dr. Pierre Kory may claim, there is no evidence that ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine caused the number of new COVID-19 cases to plummet in India after 6 May 2021.

After all, ivermectin is only given to people who are already in home quarantine, and therefore unlikely to spread COVID-19 to anyone outside.

More importantly, many Indian states implemented strict or partial lockdowns :

  • Delhi : 19 April onwards
  • Maharashtra : 13 April onwards
  • West Bengal : 30 April onwards

From the chart, we can see that the curve started flattening around 26 April, before the advisory was updated to allow ivermectin.

It seems far more likely that the lockdowns (which affected large numbers of people) was the reason for the falling numbers, rather than ivermectin (of which there is no evidence of widespread use).

We should also point out that it was a lockdown that brought down the first COVID-19 wave in India, not hydroxychloroquine. And ivermectin wasn’t even in the picture back then.

So we know that lockdowns can and will bring down COVID-19 cases by breaking the chain of infection, with or without ivermectin.

Mass cremations of COVID-19 dead in India

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Only Used In Mild / Asymptomatic Cases

Despite The COVID Blog’s glowing “review” of Ivermectin, the Indian government only said it should be used in mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases that are in home quarantine.

Basically – only people who are already at no risk of dying from COVID-19! So what exactly is the point of giving them ivermectin?

It sounds like it’s being given as a placebo – to assuage the fears of people in panic, rather than actually prevent or treat COVID-19.

In fact, the Indian National Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19 (Version 6) specifically restricted the use of Ivermectin to mild COVID-19 cases.

It is completely removed from the treatment of moderate and severe COVID-19 cases. Interestingly, that’s where dexamethasone and methylprednisolone come in. More on both of them below…

Fact #6 : Merck Warns Against Use Of Ivermectin

Merck – the company that created ivermectin – issued a warning on 4 February 2021 that said, in no uncertain terms, that their own scientists came to these conclusions :

  • No scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against COVID-19 from pre-clinical studies;
  • No meaningful evidence for clinical activity or clinical efficacy in patients with COVID-19 disease, and;
  • A concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies.

Recommended : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

Fact #7 : Science Determines Treatment Protocol, Not Patents

The COVID Blog crows about how Big Pharma is freaking out that ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine have been “proven” to work against COVID-19 in India.

It is a common trope that Big Pharma is against drugs that are out-of-patent because they cannot make money off them.

That’s not true. If ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine really work against COVID-19, it would mean BILLIONS of dollars of profit for pharmaceutical companies all over the world, with no extra work!

More importantly, doctors and scientists have proven that they would only follow the science and not patents when they conducted the RECOVERY trial which proved that dexamethasone – a cheap, patent-free drug helped to reduce death in severe COVID-19 patients!

This led to the use of both dexamethasone and methylprednisolone across the world in the treatment of severe COVID-19 patients requiring respiratory support.

Don’t listen to some nameless person creating lies and misinformation about science and medicine. Consider only the facts. They don’t lie, unlike that nameless person behind The COVID Blog.

 

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Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

Recently, CIVDAC went viral with their claims on social media that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Find out why it has gone viral, and what the FACTS currently are!

 

CIVDAC : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19!

CIVDAC – COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 – recently went viral when they shared a statement on social media claiming that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Take a look at what people have been sharing on WhatsApp and Facebook, or scroll down to a fact check of their claims.

11 May 2021

Media Statement on Life-Saving IVERMECTIN against Covid-19

By COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 (CIVDAC)
–          Dato’ Nadzim Johan, Chairman of CIVDAC
–          Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato’ Mohd Arshad Raji, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PATRIOT)
–          Dr Abd Kadir Warsi Mohamed, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM)
–          Retired Commissioner of Police Dato’ Shabudin Abdul Wahab, Covid Research Centre (Asian Heritage Museum Group)
–          Tunku Azwil Tunku Abd Razak, Gabungan NGO Islam (GNI)

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, President of the Senate, for his full support, based on SCIENCE & DATA, on the use of well-proven Asian Wonder Drug called IVERMECTIN, both as a treatment for all Covid-19 patients and for the public to use it for prophylaxis against Covid-19, as outlined in the Open Letter dated 9 May 2021, to the Director General of Health, Malaysia, by Captain (Rtd) Dr Wong Ang Peng of PATRIOT.

IVERMECTIN was discovered in 1975 by Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura who won a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015. It has been used Safely and Successful for over 40 years with 4 billion people, mostly in the Third World, for all kinds of tropical diseases. It has been proven, based on SCIENCE & DATA, to be Super-Effective, Super-Safe, Super-Cheap & Super Easy-to-Administer (oral tablet) against all mutated variants of Covid-19.

There is No need for anyone to die from Covid-19, if only he/she is given IVERMECTIN. All the deaths from Covid-19 in Malaysia and around the world could have been avoided if all Covid-19 patients were given IVERMECTIN from the onset of their illness.

This is the clear message, based on SCIENCE & DATA, from independent and renowned world-class Covid-19 experts such as Dr Pierre Kory & Dr Paul Marik from US-based Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance, Dr Tess Lawrie and Dr Andrew Hill,. They have no vested interest whatsoever and are only concerned about saving lives and ending the pandemic in a sustainable manner.

 

Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

Back in January 2021, we had already fact-checked claims that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

At that time, there was a small promising study that showed Ivermectin may reduce the severity of COVID-19, but not cure or prevent it.

However, nothing much has changed since then. There has been no large scale study that proves that Ivermectin can cure, or prevent COVID-19.

Let’s debunk CIVDAC’s preposterous claims about Ivermectin :

Fact #1 : mRNA Vaccines Are Not Gene Therapy

The mRNA vaccine technology used in the Pfizer mRNA vaccine is NOT gene therapy.

Because it uses mRNA which doesn’t even enter the cell nucleus, it does not change our genes. It is certainly not gene therapy as CIVDAC claims.

So it is hilarious to see them quote a MedlinePlus article on gene therapy, when it is not even relevant.

Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Have Been Proven To Prevent COVID-19

It is false to claim that mRNA vaccines “cannot prevent COVID-19 infection”.

Phase 3 clinical trials of both mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown that they are 94-95% efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.

You can download and read their FDA briefing documents here :

Fact #3 : No Evidence Ivermectin Works Against COVID-19

It is also false to claim that Ivermectin works against COVID-19, much less that it works better than mRNA vaccines.

While mRNA vaccines have been proven in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people, ivermectin has not been proven in the same way.

In fact, the evidence (as you will see below) is mixed. And the dosage required for a therapeutic effect may be so high, it could be toxic to humans.

Fact #4 : No Court Order Case Recovered From COVID-19 Using Ivermectin

CIVDAC claimed that there are numerous cases where families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients got court orders to administer ivermectin and “in all these cases, the patients recovered fully“.

The most notable case in the US involved Nurije Fype whose daughter Desareta sued Elmhurst Hospital to administer ivermectin. She finally received a court order to have a doctor administer ivermectin every day from 3 May 2021 onwards.

After 13 days of ivermectin treatment, her daughter reported on 17 May 2021 that she is still “recovering”. That certainly does not sound like she has fully recovered from COVID-19 using ivermectin.

A South African court order also forced the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to allow the use of Ivermectin against COVID-19.

However, there is no evidence that the use of ivermectin in South Africa through this court order resulted in a full recovery from COVID-19.

 

What Do Health Authorities Say About Ivermectin Against COVID-19?

WHO On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 31 March 2021, the WHO posted an advisory on Ivermectin, recommending that it be only used in clinical trials.

An independent, international panel of experts reviewed pooled data from 16 randomised controlled trials, and determined that the evidence on whether ivermectin reduced death and hospitalisation is of “very low certainty“.

Therefore, the panel cannot recommend the use of Ivermectin outside of clinical trials.

NIH On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

The US NIH looked at using Ivermectin against COVID-19, noting that it was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures.

However, they also pointed out that the plasma concentrations needed to inhibit the virus would require doses up to 100X higher than those approved for use in humans!

Therefore, the NIH says that there is insufficient data to recommend for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

FDA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 5 March 2021, the US FDA warned against taking Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, after receiving “multiple reports of patients who… had been hospitalised after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses“.

They pointed out that ivermectin can interfere with other medications like blood thinners, and an overdose can cause medical problems, even coma and death.

They also warned people that ivermectin meant for animals are highly concentrated and have vastly different doses than those meant for humans. Taking them can put your lives at risk.

EMA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 22 March 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advised against the use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of randomised clinical trials.

They pointed out that the clinical studies of ivermectin so far were varied, with “some studies showing no benefit and others reporting a potential benefit”.

They also pointed out that for concentrations of ivermectin to be effective in the lungs, much higher doses than authorised would be needed. Hence, toxicity at such doses cannot be excluded.

KKM On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 16 May 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued a response to claims that Ivermectin can prevent COVID-19 deaths.

They pointed out that a January 2021 placebo-controlled randomised trial involving 24 non-severe COVID-19 patients did not show any reduction in the proportion of PCR positivity after 7 days of taking 400 mcg/kg of Ivermectin per day.

They also shared that in March 2021, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a randomised-controlled trial involving 476 adults with mild COVID-19 who were given a 5-day course of Ivermectin. There was no significant improvement in symptom resolution time.

They have initiated a randomised clinical trial (NMRR-21-155-58433) of their own to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ivermectin in high-risk COVID-19 patients.

But until then, KKM is “not yet able to endorse Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 illness”.

 

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Can Ivermectin Really Cure Or Prevent COVID-19?

Is Ivermectin the new superdrug that can cure and prevent COVID-19? Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Can Cure And Prevent COVID-19!

Ivermectin first made headlines in December 2020, and interest has surged recently with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.

Many people are promoting Ivermectin on social media, as the new superdrug that can cure and prevent COVID-19… and they claim, a better and safer alternative to the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Here are some of the many “expert opinions” by Google doctors across the world. We intentionally placed a FALSE overlay to prevent it from being misused.

 

Can Ivermectin Cure Or Prevent COVID-19? Not At The Moment

Now, let’s preface this fact check by noting that ivermectin is one of the drugs that are still being investigated for their effects on COVID-19.

At the moment, there is NO EVIDENCE that Ivermectin can cure or prevent COVID-19. Neither is Ivermectin an approved cure or prophylaxis against COVID-19.

Hence, those excited claims on social media that ivermectin can cure / prevent COVID-19 are FALSE.

 

Ivermectin Versus COVID-19 : The Facts

For those who want to learn more, here is what we know so far about Ivermectin as a cure or prophylaxis against COVID-19.

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Is Primarily Promoted By The FLCCC

The FLCCC (Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance) has been actively promoting Ivermectin as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, and a treatment for early and late-stage COVID-19.

This group is led by three doctors – one of whom (Dr. Pierre Kory) testified at a US Senate hearing on early treatments for COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Ivermectin Is FDA Approved As Anti-Parasitic Drug

Ivermectin has the advantage of being a US FDA-approved broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, that is on the WHO List of Essential Medicines.

In use since 1981, it has a known safety profile, and is relatively cheap. It is also routinely used to treat parasitic worms in animals, and is used as a prophylaxis against heartworm in dogs.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Was Proven To Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 In Vitro

While FLCCC may be the “face” of the effort to promote Ivermectin, an Australian team actually proved that Ivermectin inhibits SARS-CoV-2 in vitro.

But this is important – it only worked in the laboratory, when applied to Vero-hSLAM (African green monkey kidney) cells. That’s what it means when scientists say “in vitro” (in glass).

Fact #4 : Efficacy In Vitro Does Not Mean It’s Effective Or Safe In Vivo

Many things can inhibit or destroy viruses in vitro, including disinfectants and UV light that Donald Trump favoured.

But that does not mean they will work in the human body (in vivo), or be safe to consume, or inject into our bodies.

Some compounds work in vitro (in the lab), but fail to show any effect in vivo (in the body). Other compounds may work, but only at such high dosages that they may be toxic.

Further research, followed by animal and human trials are required to determine actual safety and efficacy.

In fact, the in vitro study showed that Ivermectin had a IC50 of 2.2~2.8 µM against SARS-CoV-2, which would mean therapeutic doses would likely be much higher than currently approved as safe for use in humans.

Fact #5 : A New 2021 Study Showed Potential For Further Research

A small randomised double-blind, placebo controlled trial of Ivermectin was conducted between 31 July and 11 September 2020, and the study was just published in The Lancet on 19 January 2021.

Half of the participants received 400 micrograms per kg weight of Ivermectin, while the other half received a placebo. All 24 participants had non-severe COVID-19.

Their SARS-CoV-2 RNA viral loads were then tested 7 days after taking Ivermectin or the placebo.

At the end of the trial, the study noted that there was :

  • no difference in the infectivity of both groups
  • a marked reduction in symptoms like anosmia / hyposmia (loss or reduction of ability to smell) and cough.
  • a tendency for lower viral loads and IgG titres

What the small study suggests is that Ivermectin does not appear to reduce infectivity, but could possibly reduce the severity of the illness.

This is a positive sign for further research into Ivermectin, not evidence that it is a cure or prophylaxis for COVID-19.

Fact #6 : US FDA Warns Against Using Ivermectin To Treat Or Prevent COVID-19

Interestingly, as FLCCC ramped up their campaign for Ivermectin in December 2020, the US FDA issued a warning against using Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.

It noted that the in vitro study only “described the effect of ivermectin on SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory setting” and that “additional testing is needed to determine whether ivermectin might be appropriate to prevent or treat coronavirus or COVID-19“.

Any use of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 should be avoided as its benefits and safety for these purposes have not been established.

Data from clinical trials are necessary for us to determine whether ivermectin is safe and effective in treating or preventing COVID-19.

 

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