Ivermectin Trial Results To Be Released
The findings of the Ivermectin Treatment Effectiveness Test on high-risk Covid-19 patients (I-Tech Study) are likely to be presented to stakeholders in the Health Ministry by the end of this week, according to information sent to the Dewan Negara on Tuesday (Oct 26).
The I-Tech Study, which enrolled 500 patients, is currently in the final stages of analysis, according to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
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In a question-and-answer session, Dr Noor Azmi said “thus far, the evidence to support the use of Ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19 infection is very limited.”
“On July 28, the Cochrane Library issued a statement not supporting the use of Ivermectin to prevent or treat Covid-19 based on a systemic analysis of 14 clinical studies involving 1,678 participants.”
“The Cochrane Library summarised the need for better quality research data to be published for analysis.”
The Cochrane Library is a database collection that contains several sorts of high-quality, independent evidence to help improve healthcare decision-making.
He was responding to a question from Senator Datuk Bashir Alias, who sought to know the status of the Health Ministry's I-Tech Study, scientific evidence at the international level, and current measures to combat Ivermectin abuse.
Aside from that, Dr. Noor Azmi stated that there have recently been large-scale clinical studies in Argentina and a joint trial in Brazil that found Ivermectin to be ineffective in preventing hospitalisation.
In terms of efforts made to reduce the use of Ivermectin, he said that the Ministry's Pharmacy Enforcement Division was actively monitoring and ensuring that all marketed health products and pharmaceuticals were registered with the Drug Control Authority before being sold to the public.
According to him, from last year to September 2021, the Pharmacy Enforcement Division received 175 complaints about Ivermectin.
“Based on verification carried out, a total of 17 premises were raided in 2020 with a total seizure of RM7,193. This year, 43 premises were raided and 17 inspections were carried out, with total seizures amounting to RM124,815,” he said.
He also said that educational activities have been carried out via the posting of 128 posters and material on Facebook or social media, as well as 10 posters exclusively relevant to Covid-19, from last year till today.