DOH still not recommending ivermectin to treat COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — The Department of Health stood by its position that there is no proof that ivermectin can treat COVID-19 or prevent death after an international nonprofit organization urged the agency to approve it for human use.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday said the DOH responded to a letter from the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group asking the Philippine government to adopt the use of the anti-parasitic drug for people with COVID-19.

She said the DOH cited the medical consensus that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of ivermectin for treating COVID-19.

"We do not recommend the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. It has not proven to significantly reduce mortality nor to improve other clinical outcomes," she said in a media briefing.

This also came after House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, and Senator Francis Tolentino filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to compel regulators to allow the use of ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19.

Defensor and Marcoleta gave away free ivermectin capsules to at least 200 individuals in Quezon City last April.