Apr 29, 2021 @ 13:50

Guevarra cautions anew Defensor, Marcoleta over Ivermectin distribution

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday cautioned anew Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor and Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta from distributing Ivermectin to “those in need of this drug.”

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug primarily for animals, but some people claim can help prevent or treat COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration said that it has not approved the animal drug for the treatment of viral infections in humans although it said that those who want to use it may apply for a compassionate special permit.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is not endorsing the use of Ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

“Under the FDA existing law, the importation, sale, distribution or administration of unregistered drugs or vaccines are prohibited. And accordingly punished, so we know that Ivermectin is not registered for use by humans because apparently ginagamit, siya for animals known for parasitic diseases of animals.”

” So in the case of Ivermectin, it’s not registered, particularly as a drug against COVID-19 and going by the FDA law, on its face, it would appear that the distribution of ivermectin as possible treatment for COVID-19 violates the FDA law, ” Guevarra said.

But Guevarra qualified that Ivermectin maybe allowed for use, as provided by the FDA, under two situations:

1. When it is covered by a compassionate use authorization issued to specific hospitals, doctors, or other entities; and

2. When Ivermectin is compounded by duly licensed pharmacies, and it’s usually supported by a doctor’s prescription.

” So, if Representatives Defensor and Marcoleta act of distributing Ivermectin would fall under any of these two situations, it would appear that they can put this up as a defense just in case a complaint is filed against them.”

“But personally, I’m not too sure whether these two exemptions cited by the FDA director general, have a sound legal bases so that is something that is for further study . I’m not too sure about the soundness of the legal basis for the exemptions,” Guevarra said.

Defensor and Marcoleta have reached “a critical decision” to give away compounded Ivermectin “to those in dire need of this drug” even if government regulators have yet to allow human use of the anti-parasitic medication.

The two lawmakers have named the event “Ivermectin Pan-three” wherein each beneficiary will get a minimum of three capsules or tablets of the medicine for free. The event will be formally launched on Thursday, April 29, in Matandang (Old) Balara in Quezon City.

After the kick-off event on Thursday, Marcoleta and Defensor said distribution of Ivermectin will continue to other barangays in Quezon City.

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