Saps on 'high alert' for Ivermectin smugglers as R6m worth of the drug seized

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Saps on 'high alert' for Ivermectin smugglers as R6m worth of the drug seized

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'Desperate people, taking chances'.

That's how the South African Police Service described several suspects arrested in possession of the so-called Covid-19 'wonder drug' Ivermectin.

A member of the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has spoken anonymously about the recent raid on a hospital in Durban accused of dispensing the banned anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin.

The raid at Mayville's Ahmed Al-Kadi (AAK) hospital took place on 7 January followed a tip-off from a member of the public.

Ivermectin is a widely used drug for the treatment and control of parasites in animals and has been a popular conversation point around the world, being called the ‘miracle treatment’ for Covid-19. So what's the problem with using the drug?

It has yet to be approved for use on humans.

According to the SAHPRA's website, on the 22 December 2020, SAHPRA indicated that in relation to ivermectin use for COVID-19, that “Ivermectin is not indicated nor approved by SAHPRA for use in humans. There is no confirmatory data on ivermectin available as yet for its use in the management of COVID-19 infections. In terms of safety and efficacy, there is no evidence to support the use of ivermectin and we do not have any clinical trial evidence to justify its use."

READ MORE | SAHPRA’S GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF IVERMECTIN IN THE PROPHYLAXIS OR TREATMENT OF COVID-19

At the moment there's not enough evidence that it is fit to use for humans to treat Covid-19.

Anonymous member - Sahpra

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