Ex-Pres. Erap being treated with Leronlimab; his doctors junk use of Ivermectin

Published April 19, 2021, 11:07 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada is being treated with Leronlimab, according to his son, former senator Jinggoy Estrada on Monday, April 19.

Former President and Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada (Photo by Linus Escandor/ MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE PHOTO)

The younger Estrada said that his father is being given a number of medications, including Leronlimab and Remdesivir.

“I consulted the doctors of my dad… they talked among themselves and they agreed to administer Leronlimab to my father,” he said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

He said that his father had been given Leronlimab twice already.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had earlier clarified that Leronlimab is not approved by the agency for treatment as it is “an investigational product which is still undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)… and COVID-19.”

The younger Estrada also said there was a discussion among his siblings whether they should allow the use of Ivermectin on their father but the doctors looking after the former president refused.

“Well, I have consulted the doctors of my father regarding [the use of] Ivermectin. One of his doctors said: ‘I will not give Ivermectin to your dad because that is only for animals,’” he said.

“I really have to follow the doctors’ advice. Sila ang dalubhasa (they are the experts). I cannot argue with them,” he added.

The younger Estrada admitted that he and his siblings have discussed the use of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin as a possible cure for their father.

Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted compassionate use permits to some hospitals that will give Ivermectin to their COVID-19 patients.

On Sunday (April 18), the eldest son of the former president said his father’s medical condition continues to improve.

The younger Estrada announced on April 16 that his father had been diagnosed with a “super imposed bacterial lung infection.”

On April 13, the younger Estrada announced that his father tested negative for COVID-19, sharing a photo of the former president while he was still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.

Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is 97 years old, was among the politicians who received Ivermectin.

Estrada was also not given Lianhua Qingwen, a traditional Chinese drug, Jinggoy added.

The younger Estrada said their father was also given Remdesivir.

“Maraming gamot na binibigay sa aking ama so I cannot credit kung ano nagpagaling sa kaniya (There were a lot of medicine given to my father so I cannot credit which one helped him survive),” he said.

The former president is celebrating his 84th birthday today, April 19. (With a report from Jel Santos)