The government has reportedly agreed to stop conducting operations against people involved in the legitimate selling of ivermectin, as calls for its wider use to treat cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continue to escalate.
This was disclosed by House Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera-Dy on Tuesday who said she had an online meeting with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) chief Ferdinand Cui Jr., Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo on the matter.
“I was able to explain to the PMS head, as well as to the PNP chief, that we should not arrest individuals who would want to purchase ivermectin from authorized sellers because it is not an illegal drug in the first place,” Herrera said during a meeting said to reportedly organized by Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go.
“Secretary Cui agreed and he promised that, in the coming days, they will amend the memorandum. We stressed that there is a human-grade ivermectin medication and we should make it available and accessible to the public,” she added.She was referring to a memo issued by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) saying it will conduct operations against sellers and users of ivermectin. SOVEREIGNPH