The Mercereau Report Vol. 2 Ivermectin? What is the real story here…….

This is the second in a series of blogs written by patient advocacy pioneer and longtime educator, Karen Mercereau.

Ivermectin?..........What is the real story here? There are many reports on the efficacy of Ivermectin in the early stages of treatment for COVID. There are also many reports citing just the oppositeSo, let’s take a look at both sides so we can all decide which approach is most convincing for us individually.

Here is Information From NIH - Dated Feb., 2021

 “Ivermectin is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of any viral infection”

However, they also state: “There is insufficient evidence for the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Results from adequately powered, well-designed, and well-conducted clinical trials are needed to provide more specific, evidence-based guidance on the role of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19

Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.

Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures.13 However, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies suggest that achieving the plasma concentrations necessary for the antiviral efficacy detected in vitro would require administration of doses up to 100-fold higher than those approved for use in humans.”

Here is the whole article 

Experpts From an FDA Article About Ivermectin:

COVID-19. We’ve been living with it for what sometimes seems like forever. Given the number of deaths that have occurred from the disease, it’s perhaps not surprising that some consumers are turning to drugs not approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

One of the FDA’s jobs is to carefully evaluate the scientific data on a drug to be sure that it is both safe and effective for a particular use. In some instances, it can be highly dangerous to use a medicine for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 that has not been approved by or has not received emergency use authorization from the FDA. 

Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous. If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source...

Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing.

Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous. If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed. 

Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous. 

Here is the whole article 

Okay, now let’s see what the WHO is saying:

The WHO Advises That Ivermectin Only Be Used to Treat COVID-19 Within Clinical Trials

The current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials.

This recommendation, which applies to patients with COVID-19 of any disease severity, is now part of WHO’s guidelines on COVID-19 treatments.

Previous Recommendations on the Use of Therapeutics for COVID-19:

  • Strong recommendation for the use of systemic corticosteroids for severe or critically ill COVID-19 patients; with a conditional recommendation against their use in patients with mild/moderate COVID-19
  • Conditional recommendation against administering remdesivir in addition to usual care.
  • Strong recommendation against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 of any severity
  • Strong recommendation against administering lopinavir/ritonavir for treatment of COVID-19 of any severity

Here is the article itself: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-advises-that-ivermectin-only-be-used-to-treat-covid-19-within-clinical-trials

Okay, one more item for you: is your tap water safe to drink or do you need a good water filter?. The Environmental Working Group - a foundation whose focus is researching and teaching about toxins in our country and how to best avoid them.

Here is how to learn about potential toxins in your tap water. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/ You just need to put in your zip code.

We at RN Patient Advocates and Greater National Advocates wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday!  

Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA

RN Patient Advocates, PLLC