Health Ministry: Study shows Ivermectin does not prevent severe cases of Covid-19


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Nov 2021

PETALING JAYA: A clinical study conducted by the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) shows that the anti-viral drug Ivermectin does not prevent severe cases of Covid-19, says the Health Ministry.

In a statement on Wednesday (Nov 4), Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said the study (I-Tech) was conducted on 500 patients hospitalised for Covid-19 in Stage 2 or 3.

"The I-Tech study was to see if Ivermectin administered during the first week of illness prevented deterioration to severe Covid-19 stage 4 or 5 among hospitalised patients aged 50 years and above with at least one comorbidity.

"They were randomly assigned to two groups – namely those who had five-day Ivermectin treatment (0.4mg/kg/day) with standard care and those who had only standard care.

"The study revealed that those who had Ivermectin experienced three times more adverse events and the most common adverse effect was diarrhoea," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that the data showed no difference in the rate of progression to the severe stages.

According to the Principal Investigator of the I-Tech study, Dr Steven Lim Chee Loon, Infectious Disease Specialist at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, there were no significant differences found in terms of ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, symptom recovery, blood parameters and chest x-ray resolution for those who were administered Ivermectin.

"Based on the outcomes of the I-Tech study, Ivermectin cannot be recommended for inclusion in current Covid-19 treatment guidelines as Ivermectin does not reduce risk of severe illness from Covid-19. The MOH continues with prior advice that Ivermectin only be used within clinical trials settings with monitoring.

"Until further supportive evidence becomes available, practitioners are cautioned not to recommend Ivermectin, including sharing illegal advertising or sale of Ivermectin for treatment of Covid-19," said Dr Noor Hisham.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Covid-19 , Cases , Health Ministry , Ivermectin

   

Next In Nation

Civil servant loses RM468,000 to Macau scam
Half-wooden house in Segamat razed in early morning fire
Mercury spills: Sabah Bomba keen to help schools with proper handling of thermometers
All systems go for Budget 2023 at 4pm today, says KJ
Cops nab CCTV installer who burgled customers' offices in Puchong
60% of BN candidates in Johor will be new faces, 30% women, says Hasni
Remain vigilant during monsoon, Sabah’s maritime community told
Abang Johari: Sarawak to elect its financial secretary to sit on LHDN board
GE15: Hold concurrent state polls and save taxpayers' money, Pakatan told
High Court nod for transfer of Zizie Izette's review application

Others Also Read