Mon. Aug 2nd, 2021

Public clamor in social media has been increasing pressure for government to fast-track government approval for Ivermectin, a prescription drug meant for pets, some even suggesting off-label use.

Some have advocated a known veterinary anti-parasite medicine used for animals as an option for Covid-19. The injectable shown above is not for humans. The fine prints say It is intended for horses that are also not for human consumption

This trend in citizen science got the support of as Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as he urged government to be proactive in conducting dialogues with health advocates, medical experts on potential Covid-19 medications and treatments

Bong Go called on the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, and other concerned authorities to facilitate a thorough scientific study and consult local and international medical experts on the possible uses, side effects and risks of Ivermectin as a potential medication for treating Covid-19.

Go clarified that he is not advocating for the use of Ivermectin or any specific drug but is simply urging the government to have an open dialogue with proponents and facilitate a thorough scientific study of these proposals.

The senator said “Kung may posibilidad na makakatulong ito, huwag natin ipagkait sa taumbayan ang benepisyo na pwede nilang makuha mula sa ganitong pag-aaral ng gamot. Pare-pareho naman tayo ng gusto — ang makapagligtas ng buhay ng mga may sakit.”

Meanwhile, Go urged proponents of Ivermectin and other drugs to follow the prescribed process of the government in approving and regulating such medicines before it can be prescribed to patients. He emphasized that these rules and regulations are in place to protect the welfare of the public.

“Sabi naman po ng FDA na pwede mag-apply ang mga doktor ng Compassionate Special Permit para dito. May proseso naman ang FDA. Sundin natin ang nasa batas dahil kapakanan naman ng lahat ang pinoprotektahan natin. Nais nating masigurong ligtas at epektibo ang mga gamot na ito bago gamitin,” Go said.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to come up with more science-based recommendations in overcoming the pandemic.

Go further enjoined the IATF to form a special committee on COVID-19 investigational drugs which shall be tasked to provide recommendations based on the drugs’ acceptability, effectiveness and safety.

In a hearing held by the House Committee on Health last March 30, FDA Director Rolando Domingo said FDA welcomes any application to register Ivermectin in the Philippines if it should receive one.

“If the product is for Covid-19, pina-prioritize namin. Kapag nagkaroon ng application then we will process it quickly … We will talk by next week with the manufacturers to see ano ‘yung mabilis na way para makapagrehistro ng produkto,” said Domingo.

The FDA also noted that any physician seeking to use Ivermectin to treat symptoms of Covid-19 is required to apply for a Compassionate Special Permit before the FDA. As of writing, however, the FDA has yet to receive an application for CSP.

As of this writing, has gathered that two local pharmaceutical firms — Lloyd Laboratories and Pascual Laboratories — are willing to mass produce human Ivermectin, and that one of them had already actually filed an application.READ STORY AND COMMENTS: Citizen Science, or not following standard protocol, is frowned upon in our litigious society no matter who does it. Can’t cut any red tape.

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