A former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary said on Thursday, May 6, lawmakers and doctors who distributed the anti-parasitic drugs as potential treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) should be held liable.
Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor and Sagip Party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta gave away Ivermectin capsules to residents of Quezon City last week.
“I think the people, the politicians, the doctors, who administered the Ivermectin are liable and should be investigated and charges should be filed against them if found that there’s a probable cause that violated the law,” Dr. Esperanza Cabral said in an interview with ANC.
In April, the Food and Drug Administration granted special permits to six hospitals to use Ivermectin on COVID-19 patients.
However, the permit does not include the distribution of the said medication outside of the hospitals.
Moreover, Ivermectin maker Merck warned against using the drug on COVID-19 patients, saying there is not enough proof the anti-parasitic drug could be used against the virus.
“If you will look at the data, there is now accumulating evidence that the use of Ivermectin among humans can be subject to many side effects particularly if the dose being used is higher than it should be,” Cabral said.
“And while science accumulates this data, the position is we should not be using. The data are not sufficient to tell us it actually works fo COVID in this case,” she added.
Forty-one medical groups on Wednesday, May 5, warned against the use of Ivermectin as prevention and treatment of COVID-19.