New study finds ivermectin not useful to tackle COVID-19

DELMARA- A new study said ivermectin won’t help with the coronavirus.

According to the study, in The New England Journal of Medicine, ivermectin didn’t reduce the risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19.

Ivermectin is often used as an anti-parasitic medication for livestock and had been used for viruses and other infections.

Earlier in the pandemic, many reports were claiming ivermectin could help with COVID-19, but a local pharmacist said people who took the drug improved on their own, while some even had issues with blood thinning.

“It’s very clear that it’s no different than placebo, placebo meaning you didn’t take anything,” Anna Oberste, an Atlantic General Hospital Clinical Pharmacist, said. “If you are one of those people that have a tendency to bleed, this could make it worse for you, you could have a bleed out.”

Oberste said this larger study had all the controls in place that you want to see in an ideal study. She said it was a blind study and included a nice variety of populations, including those who had hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

The Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued warnings against using ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Oberste said they do caution people about taking medication that’s made for larger animals, like horses.

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