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Japan’s Kowa says ivermectin showed ‘antiviral effect’ against Omicron

TOKYO: Japanese buying and selling and pharmaceutical firm Kowa Co mentioned on Monday (Jan 31) anti-parasite drug ivermectin showed an “antiviral effect” against Omicron and different variants of coronavirus in joint non-clinical analysis.

The firm, which has been working with Tokyo’s Kitasato University on testing the drug as a possible remedy for COVID-19, didn’t present additional particulars.

Clinical trials are ongoing, however promotion of ivermectin as a COVID-19 remedy has generated controversy.

Prominent vaccine sceptic Joe Rogan, whose podcast on Spotify has prompted protest by singers Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, has lengthy stirred controversy along with his views on the pandemic, authorities mandates and COVID-19 vaccines.

Rogan has questioned the necessity for these vaccines on his present and mentioned he used ivermectin.

The drug will not be authorized for remedy of COVID-19 in Japan, and the US Food & Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, the EU drug regulator and Merck, which makes the drug, have warned against its use attributable to an absence of scientific proof that it has therapeutic impact.

In steering on its web site dated September 2021, the FDA famous rising curiosity within the drug for stopping or treating COVID-19 in people, however mentioned it had obtained a number of reviews of sufferers who had required medical consideration, together with hospitalisation, after self-medicating with it.

Many potential COVID-19 therapies that showed promise in check tubes, together with the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine promoted by former US President Donald Trump, in the end failed to indicate profit for COVID-19 sufferers as soon as studied in medical trials.

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