Twitter trends ‘ivermectin’ after controversy over anti-parasite drug

Twitter trends ‘ivermectin’ after controversy over anti-parasite drug

Amid news that Oxford will conduct a study on the efficacy and safety of the drug “Ivermectin” to treat COVID-19, controversy has once again taken social media website Twitter by storm.

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Amid news that Oxford will conduct a study on the efficacy and safety of the drug “Ivermectin” to treat COVID-19, controversy has once again taken social media website Twitter by storm.

Internet users tweeted about this drug from left and right, leaving ‘Ivermectin’ 29th on the website’s trending list during the day. The question now is what is causing this sudden interest in ivermectin, and what exactly are people saying?

Also read | Oxford is studying the effectiveness of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin in treating Covid

The controversy

A few months earlier, in March, the WHO issued a number of guidelines against the use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, except in clinical trials. WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, also reiterated the organization’s warning in a tweet.

“Safety and effectiveness are important when a drug is used for a new indication. The WHO does not recommend the use of ivermectin in COVID-19 except in clinical studies, “said Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist of the global health authority, in a tweet published on May 10th, since deleted.

As a result, the Indian Bar Association, an India-based legal association, filed a legal notice against the WHO and Swaminathan, accusing them of “conducting a disinformation campaign against ivermectin by denying the effectiveness of ivermectin’s drug for the prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19, despite the Existence of large amounts of clinical data compiled and presented by respected, highly qualified and experienced doctors and scientists. “

Now the news that a reputable organization like Oxford is about to launch a process that has started the fires.

Who stands

In March, the World Health Organization warned against using ivermectin to treat coronavirus patients. Due to a surge in people claiming ivermectin was a “miracle cure,” the UN agency issued a series of guidelines stating that the drug should only be used on COVID-19 patients in clinical trial settings.

This happened at a time when doctors in many countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and South Africa were actively prescribing the drug, and many were self-treating themselves with the drug.

These guidelines of the WHO were issued despite studies by organizations such as the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) Panel, because according to the WHO there is “very little certainty of evidence” on the effect of the drug on mortality, the need to hospitalize a patient, and to get a patient out of the virus.

What is the public saying?

Internet users appear to be divided into two groups; Ivermectin supporters who blame WHO for trying to hide and lie about the benefits of using this drug on Covid and the other group who supports WHO saying the drug is not safe.

The former says the deletion of her tweet in support of the organizations’ warnings is evidence of the WHO’s malicious attempts. According to them, thousands of people using ivermectin safely serve as evidence of the drug’s success and the WHO must be responsible for the thousands of lives lost as a result of its actions.


The other faction says the drug, which is an anti-parasitic drug, must not be used casually and without evidence as there have been cases of liver damage from self-medication with the drug.

So is ivermectin safe?

So far, the art of the WHO, even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not proven or approved the drug.

According to their website, “the FDA has not detected ivermectin as a treatment or prevention of COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are shown in very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and” skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an antiviral (a drug used to treat viruses). “

They also warn that “taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm”.

Although there have been studies claiming that the drug is indeed safe, the evidence they offer is not very extensive, the world will have to wait for more solid evidence; like the results of the Oxford process.