Two more hospitals granted limited use of ivermectin vs COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 27) — Two more unnamed hospitals have received compassionate special permits to use the antiparasitic drug ivermectin on COVID-19 patients, Food and Drug Administration chief Eric Domingo said on Tuesday.

A total of five hospitals have received the permit allowing the limited repurposing of the drug used on animals. FDA previously said doctors who will prescribe the experimental drug will be held liable for possible side effects.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered different government agencies to conduct clinical trials on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

The FDA, Department of Health, and several health experts, including the World Health Organization, have cautioned the public against the use of ivermectin for COVID-19 prevention or treatment.

Experts said there is not enough proof showing the drug can be used to treat or prevent COVID-19. They also warned that high doses of it could cause brain damage in humans or even death.

CNN Philippines correspondent Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this report.