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    Championing ivermectin has cost Kory professionally. He resigned from the University of Wisconsin in May, saying he couldn’t stand by while patients were getting supportive care only. At the time, he felt they should be getting steroids, though their benefit wasn’t confirmed until June.

    Kory’s resignation came not long after he testified at a May 6 Senate hearing led by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R), in which he called for use of steroids in COVID-19 patients.

    He subsequently joined Aurora St. Luke’s and testified in favor of ivermectin Dec. 8 at a second Senate hearing organized by Johnson. He then quit there, too, telling MedPage Today the hospital wanted to limit his freedom to speak.

    Kory said he was able to prescribe ivermectin at St. Luke’s, but only after showing his data to the chief of pharmacy there. Marik, however, said Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he works, does not allow it.

    The group recently published their observational experience with MATH+ in COVID-19 from two centers — Marik’s and United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, where another FLCCC leader, Joseph Varon, MD, leads the critical care unit — in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. “The average hospital mortality at these 2 centers in over 300 patients treated is 5.1%, which represents more than a 75% absolute risk reduction in mortality compared to the average published hospital mortality of 22.9% among COVID-19 patients,” the paper states.

    Marik and colleagues have updated their protocols yet again, this time with a focus on early treatment. While the rationale for ivermectin existed early in the pandemic, thanks to an Australian basic science paper, there weren’t enough clinical data to advise on its use, Marik said. (The FDA warned against using veterinary ivermectin in humans following interest in that paper.)

    But since then, some governments and hospitals began using the drug in an attempt to prevent or treat COVID-19.

    So arose the group’s I-MASK+ protocol, which focuses on ivermectin, but also includes vitamins C and D, quercetin, zinc, and melatonin for prophylaxis, and adding aspirin; higher doses of some of the individual components may be used for early outpatient treatment. The group also emphasizes wearing masks and other public health measures to prevent transmission of the disease.

    Negative comments while people are dying of not being afforded the repurposed protocol.

    ‘Lowering Standards’

    Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, said he doesn’t believe clinicians “should be lowering our standards of evidence because we’re in a pandemic.”

    “This group should be advocating strongly for a large, generalizable randomized trial if they believe so strongly in the efficacy of ivermectin,” Joffe said. “If in fact it is effective, the only way to convince the clinical and scientific community and allow patients all over the world to benefit is to prove the case in such a trial.”

    Zain Chagla, MD, an infectious diseases physician at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, reviewed each of the trials in Hill’s review in a Twitter thread. He called the overall evidence “very low grade” and was also unhappy that Hill disseminated it as a video.

    “I want it to work, but at the same time, this whole thing feels like déjà vu of the first two months of the pandemic when we weren’t decided about hydroxychloroquine,” Chagla said. “We don’t want to come around a year later saying it didn’t help and it may have hurt.”

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    Andrew Hill, PhD, a senior visiting research fellow in the pharmacology department at Liverpool University in England, recently presented a similar meta-analysis of the data on ivermectin, which was posted on YouTube just last week. It supported the FLCCC’s conclusions.

    Marik and Kory said Hill has been contracted by the World Health Organization to conduct an updated review of the evidence on ivermectin

    Full story here.


    Russel Brand’s view on the way the media is handling the misinformation around the use of ivermectin. We created the info flow at http://www.petersmanjak.com/step/ivermectin-awareness/

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