- Ivermectin has become the poster-child drug of choice among anti-vaxxers
- Scientists say doubts have now been raised about studies that claim ivermectin works
- As a result, experts called for an overhaul of how data on Covid is analyzed.
Scientists say studies claiming ivermectin can cure the coronavirus have been proven false and show how medical research needs an overhaul to curb misinformation about quack cures.
Widely shared studies praising the de-wormer drug as a miracle remedy have since proven deeply flawed and unreliable, an international group of experts said.
Ivermectin has become the poster-child drug of choice among anti-vax conspiracy theorists over the summer, especially in the US.
Its rise in popularity has resulted in health officials urging people not to take the animal version of D-wormer, which can cause serious adverse side effects.
Ivermectin has become the drug of choice for many anti-vax conspiracy theorists in the US following the proliferation of now-controversial research on social media. Some believers in medicine have resorted to taking the animal version of the drug, which is commonly used to treat organisms such as horses and cows with internal parasites. While the drug is safe for human consumption, doses made for horses are too large for humans and overdose can occur.
in a letter in the journal nature medicineIn this, researchers outline how doubts have now arisen that studies claiming ivermectin may help treat COVID-19.
They detail how such a piece was related to discrepancies in the data that led to it being retracted.
Another piece of research they identified contained elements in its methodology that seemed flawed but that its authors did not respond to further requests for information.
These errors were then linked to larger reviews, called meta-analyses, which based their conclusions largely on these flawed studies.
Health officials in the US, such as the Food and Drug Administration, have urged people not to take ivermectin unless diagnosed by a doctor, and to avoid taking versions of the drug specifically designed for animals. Now a group of scientists is calling for changes in how COVID research is conducted and published to avoid similar lies spreading in the future.
What US health officials want people to know about ivermectin
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by certain parasitic worms and skin conditions such as head lice and rosacea.
- Currently available data do not show that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials evaluating ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.
- Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous.
- If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it out through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed.
- Never use medicines made for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from products approved for humans. The use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.
One of these meta-analyses on the effectiveness of ivermectin, which used both of the above pieces of research, has now been withdrawn for re-analysis.
Scientists say this study is not alone and others predict that ivermectin’s claims of clinical benefit will be withdrawn in the coming months due to their ‘impossible numbers’ and ‘unexplained mismatches’ in the data .
However, the damage has already been done with many hundreds of thousands of patients since dosing with D-Vermor, the lead signatory of the letter to Kyle Sheldrick of the University of New South Wales in Australia.
“This research has created undue confidence in the use of ivermectin as a prophylactic or treatment for COVID, overshadowed other research agendas, and possibly resulted in inappropriate treatment or substandard care of patients,” they wrote. Wrote.
As a result, scientists called for an overhaul of how clinical data on COVID is analyzed.
He said the creators of the meta-analysis should request and review individual patient data, raw from individual participants in the study or trial, of the study they use to reach their broadest conclusions.
Similarly, the scientists said that clinical trials on the treatment of Kovid should also make this data available to ensure that such analysis can be done.
The scientists said any study that refuses to do so should be treated with extreme caution or removed from analysis entirely.
They acknowledge that their call may be controversial because it represents a change in ‘long accepted’ scientific practice but said the ivermectin example justifies it.
“We believe that what happened in the case of ivermectin justifies our proposal: a poorly investigated evidence base supported the administration of millions of doses of a potentially ineffective drug globally,” he said.
‘Yet when this evidence was subjected to a very basic numerical test, it collapsed in a matter of weeks,’ he wrote.
Top ivermectin expert says drug does not cure COVID-19
One of the world’s leading experts on ivermectin, Dr. Timothy Geary, says that the drug has no effectiveness in fighting the virus.
Gerry, who is research chair in parasite biotechnology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, says the 2020 study that sparked the ivermectin-fad is not being read correctly.
Dr Timothy Geary (pictured) is one of ivermectin’s top experts and has researched the drug for more than a decade.
He told DailyMail.com that studies have shown that ivermectin can inhibit the replication of COVID-19 virus cells, which many people are reading from the study that…