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EMA Issues Warnings Against The Use Of Merck’s Anti-Parasite Drug For COVID-19

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, the European Medicines Agency has issued warnings against the use of ivermectin, Merck & Co’s (MRK) anti-parasite drug for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 outside clinical trials.

A similar warning was also issued from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration stating, as per the analysis of available data, the study does not support the safety and efficacy of the drug for COVID-19 treatment.  The EMA informed that drugs can block the replication of the virus but at much higher drug dosages.

“Although ivermectin is generally well tolerated at doses authorized for other indications, side effects could increase with the much higher doses than would be needed to obtain concentrations of ivermectin in the lungs that are effective against the virus,” stated the EMA.

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(Read Original Story: UPDATE 1-EU regulator warns against use of Merck's anti-parasite drug for COVID-19 in Reuters)


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