Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor assured on Tuesday, April 6, that the Department of Health (DOH) has allowed doctors to prescribe Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, for 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
“Nung after namin magkaroon ng pag-uusap nung committee hearing, ang sabi ng DOH pwede ng mag-prescribe ang mga doktor,” Defensor said during DZRH’s Coffee Break.
“Nung huli kasi sabi hindi pwede pero mukhang ngayon, mukhang umatras na,” he added.
Defensor gave the assurance after he announced that his office will distribute human-grade Ivermectin for free to residents of Quezon City, particularly senior citizens and people with comorbidities.
The congressman admitted that he used Ivermectin after he tested positive for COVID-19.
“Itong pinamimigay natin, na tinutulong maka-access yung mga tao, prescribed by a doktor, at doon sa laboratory ay may pharmacist batay na rin sa FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) law. Itong mga regulation na ito sinusunod natin,” he said.
Defensor said that doctors can prescribe Ivermectin as long as patients give their ‘informed consent’.
“Importante yung pasyente may informed consent. Hindi naman basta-basta pwede mag-prescribe ang doctor na hindi alam nung pasyente kung ano yung nangyayari,” the lawmaker stressed.
Defensor further assured that his office will monitor all individuals who will receive Ivermectin.
In a previous statement, the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not recommend the use of the use of Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, and said that the use of the drug has to be evaluated through clinical trials.
“All current Ivermectin products registered in the country are for veterinary use and are only allowed for the treatment of internal and external parasites as well as prevention of heartworm disease in animals,” the two agencies said.