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Fact Check : Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan?

Fact Check : Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan?

Did ivermectin receive the greenlight to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Japan?

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

 

Claim : Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan!

People are sharing an article by GNEWS claiming that the ivermectin received the greenlight to be used to treat and prevent COVID-19 in Japan!

The article link (removed) is often shared with this comment :

Dr. Ozaki declared that ivermectin has demonstrated significant benefits in reducing infections and deaths where the regimen is prophylactically administered for another indication. With the encouraging medical data from ivermectin clinical trials’ reports worldwide, especially the one from FLCCC of US and BIRD of UK, the head of the Metropolitan Medical Association declared that while clinical trials were important, it was time to greenlight doctors to prescribe ivermectin in association with giving the patient informed consent.

 

Truth : Ivermectin Still Not Used Against COVID-19 In Japan!

The truth is that ivermectin did NOT receive the greenlight to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Japan.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Haruo Ozaki Wanted Off-Label Use Of Ivermectin

Dr. Haruo Ozaki suggested that doctors be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone “off-label” at a press conference on 9 February 2021.

He said, “I would like the government to consider treatment at the level of the family doctor.

On 13 August 2021, he stated that “It is necessary to thoroughly study the clinical trials, but it seems that we are at the stage where it is okay to have the patient give an informed consent, and get permission to use it“.

Dr. Haruo Ozaki may be the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, but he can only make suggestions. He is not the Japanese Health Ministry and cannot approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Japan Still Does NOT Allow Ivermectin To Be Used For COVID-19

As of 24 August 2021, Japan still does NOT allow Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.

In their July 2021 edition of COVID-19 treatment guidelines, Ivermectin is still listed in the category of drugs whose “efficacy and safety have not been established“.

Only two drugs have been approved (as of 24 August 2021) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for use against COVID-19 in Japan :

  • Remdesivir
  • Baricitinib

It is therefore FALSE for anyone to claim that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #3 : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Does NOT Recommend Ivermectin

Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government itself does NOT recommend the use of ivermectin.

In their latest 28 June 2021 FAQ on COVID-19, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states :

There are currently no antiviral drugs that are known to be effective against the coronavirus disease, so treatment aims to relieve symptoms.

In other words, the same Metropolitan government that Dr. Haruo Ozaki advises did NOT accept his suggestion to allow the off-label use of ivermectin.

Fact #4 : Japan Health Ministry Warns Against Taking Ivermectin

On 21 February 2021, the Japanese Health Ministry warned against importing ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

The Health Ministry warned that even if people are taking ivermectin at their own risks, its side effects may not be covered by government relief.

“Generally speaking, no one guarantees what’s inside imported medicines. It’s extremely dangerous to take them on one’s own judgment,” said an official of the ministry’s Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division.

Read more : Experts warn of ivermectin causing liver damage!

Fact #5 : Kitasato University Still TRYING To Conduct Ivermectin Trial

Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.

So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.

The study, CORVETTE-01 (Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.

However, as of the latest 24 June 2021 update, the study has not managed to complete recruiting its target of 240 participants.

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

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Is Not 100% Safe

Ivermectin is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug, but it has not actually been widely used.

Ivermectin proponents like to tell us that 3.7 billion doses of ivermectin have been prescribed over the last 40 years. That’s just 92 million doses a year.

In 2018, 41 billion doses of Atorvastatin were prescribed – 11X more doses in a single year than all ivermectin doses ever sold in the last 40 years.

On top of that, the ivermectin protocols being promoted by FLCCC, Professor Thomas Borody, Dr. Amir Farid and random people on social media have NEVER been tested for safety or efficacy.

So no one really knows whether the dosage or treatment regimen they are advocating are safe, or even work against COVID-19!

In fact, when people started self-medicating with ivermectin, doctors started to see cases of liver damage, which even resulted in at least one liver transplant.

Patients treated with ivermectin was also shown to require invasive mechanical ventilation EARLIER than those who did not take ivermectin.

Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

 

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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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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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