Eighty-year-old Judith Smentkiewicz lay dying of COVID in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital when her family asked that she be given a drug called ivermectin.
It’s an anti-parasitic medication that has shown potential effectiveness against coronavirus in studies. Judith’s family figured there was nothing to lose by trying it. Judith was on a ventilator and doctors gave her only a 20% chance to live.
The hospital refused to give her ivermectin, citing the fact that it is not approved by the FDA for coronavirus. Her children hired a lawyer, who obtained a court order forcing the hospital to allow Judith to take the medication.
“In less than 48 hours, my mother was taken off the ventilator,” said her son Michael. She made “a complete turnaround.”
Doctors around the country are reporting similar results. Ivermectin (Soolantra, Stromectol, Sklice) is an anti-parasitic medication that first came into medical use in 1981. It is approved by the FDA to treat roundworm, lungworm, lice, and many other parasites.
Dr. Paul Marik said several studies confirm that ivermectin could be an important potential weapon against COVID-19. He is a critical care physician at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
A lab study at the Monash University in Australia found that ivermectin caused a 5,000-fold reduction in coronavirus after two days.
A randomized controlled trial in Egypt tested ivermectin in healthcare workers and people who lived in households with COVID-19 patients. It split them into two groups. One was given personal protective equipment (PPE) and ivermectin. The other group was given only PPE.
After two weeks, 2% percent of the subjects who took ivermectin tested positive for coronavirus. Five times more people in the PPE-only group—10%—tested positive.
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The researchers also tested ivermectin in 400 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Half the patients were given ivermectin as part of their treatment. The other half received standard care without ivermectin.
Among subjects with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, just 1% of patients given ivermectin got worse. But among those who did not get the medication, 22% saw their condition worsen.
Among severely ill patients, 2% of those getting ivermectin died. The death rate was 10 times higher among the group that did not get the drug.
In all, 23 clinical studies have looked at ivermectin’s potential effectiveness against coronavirus.
“All studies showed positive benefits—the majority showed a decrease in mortality and decreases in hospitalization,” said Dr. Pierre Kory of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was a co-author of the review.
He is calling on major health organizations around the world to approve ivermectin to potentially prevent and treat COVID-19. Health authorities in Bolivia have already done so.
“A growing number of hospitals and nursing care facilities are using it,” Dr. Kory said. “I am sure ivermectin will eventually be recognized worldwide as a COVID treatment.”
Dr. Guido Tricot, a member of our Medical Advisory Board at the Institute for Natural Healing, recently told us that he would take ivermectin himself if he contracted COVID.
In some countries, ivermectin is sold over the counter. But in the U.S. it is available by prescription only. Although it is not approved by the FDA for use against coronavirus, doctors are allowed to prescribe it for “off-label” uses. But some, as in the case of Judith Smentkiewicz, are reluctant to do so.
One reason that ivermectin has not been widely adopted as a COVID treatment may be that it is not profitable for drug companies. The patent on it ran out in 1996. It costs less than a dollar a pill.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Rajter started treating his COVID-19 patients after seeing the promising studies. He is a pulmonary care physician at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dr. Rajter had a “markedly high success rate” with the drug. Soon, he said, his colleagues were giving it to their patients, too.
Other doctors around the country also have started offering it to their COVID patients.
“I’ve been giving it to my COVID patients for three or four weeks now, with generally good results,” said Dr. Thomas Madejski, who practices in Upstate New York. “A couple of them, who were in the early stages of COVID, made remarkable progress.”
The evidence for ivermectin’s effectiveness is so strong that Dr. Marik calls it “truly remarkable—this was a gift to us.”
If someone you know is battling COVID-19, send this article to them. Suggest they show it to their doctor. Ivermectin could aid their recovery.
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