ER Editor: We’re running two stories back to back, with Dr. Meryl Nass‘ framing perspective first and the actual document put out by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration department. Next, the Epoch Times, detailing political reaction to the decision in Australia, especially by federal MP Craig Kelly.
Nass points out the convergence of the official Australian decision with the inability of Americans to get their family doctors’ scripts filled.
For a laugh, and to see how rigged the Establishment / University game is, check this article out from the ‘esteemed’ The Conversation site, by three University of Sydney professors doing a hit piece on how one can overdose on the bad bad BAD Ivermectin. Seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up – Thinking of trying ivermectin for COVID? Here’s what can happen with this controversial drug.
Australia restricts ivermectin prescribing for Covid. Same week it becomes impossible to get it dispensed here. Coincidence?
MERYL NASS, M.D.
ER: Dr. Nass explains here how it is becoming impossible in the US to get ivermectin prescriptions filled.
New restrictions on prescribing ivermectin for COVID-19
Today, the TGA (ER: Therapeutic Goods Administration), acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee for Medicines Scheduling, has placed new restrictions on the prescribing of oral ivermectin. General practitioners are now only able to prescribe ivermectin for TGA-approved conditions (indications) – scabies and certain parasitic infections. Certain specialists including infectious disease physicians, dermatologists, gastroenterologists and hepatologists (liver disease specialists) will be permitted to prescribe ivermectin for other unapproved indications if they believe it is appropriate for a particular patient.
These changes have been introduced because of concerns with the prescribing of oral ivermectin for the claimed prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Ivermectin is not approved for use in COVID-19 in Australia or in other developed countries, and its use by the general public for COVID-19 is currently strongly discouraged by the National COVID Clinical Evidence Taskforce, the World Health Organisation and the US Food and Drug Administration.
Firstly, there are a number of significant public health risks associated with taking ivermectin in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 infection rather than getting vaccinated. Individuals who believe that they are protected from infection by taking ivermectin may choose not to get tested or to seek medical care if they experience symptoms. Doing so has the potential to spread the risk of COVID-19 infection throughout the community.
Secondly, the doses of ivermectin that are being advocated for use in unreliable social media posts and other sources for COVID-19 are significantly higher than those approved and found safe for scabies or parasite treatment. These higher doses can be associated with serious adverse effects, including severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, neurological effects such as dizziness, seizures and coma.
Finally, there has been a 3-4-fold increased dispensing of ivermectin prescriptions in recent months, leading to national and local shortages for those who need the medicine for scabies and parasite infections. It is believed that this is due to recent prescribing and dispensing for unapproved uses, such as COVID-19. Such shortages can disproportionately impact vulnerable people, including those in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
There is only one TGA approved oral ivermectin product, Stromectol ivermectin 3mg tablet blister pack which is indicated for the treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis), threadworm of the intestines (intestinal strongyloidiasis) and scabies.
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