THE public is advised to refrain from taking Ivermectin pills as there is no medical evidence on its efficacy.
Assistant Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee during a Facebook Live session said at the moment, there was no concrete data on its use.
“Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations and not a medicine for Covid-19.
“The drug’s manufacturer had even issued a statement that it is not for Covid-19 and they would not be responsible for any side effects that may arise if people take it for the virus,” he said.
Dr Annuar pointed out that before any medicine was used, it had to go through four phases of clinical trials.
“This is a long process. Even for emergency cases, it still needs to go through Phase Three.
“Though there has been much excitement on its use, there is no indication that it is suitable for Covid-19,” he said.
Two poisoning cases involving the use of Ivermectin were reported to the National Poison Centre in Malaysia.
The first case involved a 35-year-old who took one Ivermectin pill and later experienced shortness of breath while in the second case, a senior citizen was found unconscious after allegedly taking 15 Ivermectin pills at one go.
The centre said the public should avoid taking Ivermectin.