Quick questions—and answers—on anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin

MANILA, Philippines — As the Philippines grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases, posts endorsing veterinary anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin and touting it as a potential treatment for or as a prophylactic against COVID-19 have proliferated on social media. The House of Representatives even included the use of Ivermectin in the agenda of a committee hearing on the government’s COVID-19 response. A week later, a party-list congressman, who claimed he got better after taking Ivermectin, announced he will give Quezon City residents access to the drug. But scientific evidence for its efficacy remai…

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