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Lung Researchers and Doctors Speak Up About the Polemic of Ivermectin as a Covid-19 Therapy Drug

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.TV - In the midst of efforts to increase the recovery rate for Covid-19 patients, the Ministry of BUMN stated that it has produced ivermectin, as a therapeutic drug for Covid-19.

The Minister of BUMN, Erick Thohir, said that ivermectin was produced by PT Indofarma and had received a distribution permit from the drug and food monitoring agency.

However, in its written release, BPOM emphasized that 12 milligram caplets of ivermectin are registered in Indonesia as an anthelmintic.

Apart from that, sufficient clinical trial data to prove the efficacy of ivermectin in preventing and treating Covid-19 is currently not available.

Previously, the spokesperson for the Covid-19 handling task force, Wiku Adisasmito, said that the Ministry of Health's Balitbang would conduct further studies regarding the use of ivermectin for Covid-19 patients.

Wiku Adisasmito emphasized that you need to be careful when using this drug and it must be recommended by a doctor.

Meanwhile, quoted from its official website, WHO stated that ivermectin is one of the recommended drugs but has only been used to treat Covid-19 in clinical trials.

General Chair of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association, dr. Agus Dwi Susanto said that until now there is still no medicine that can cure Covid-19.

BPOM has also warned that the use of ivermectin as a Covid-19 therapy drug must still be based on a doctor's prescription and its use must be supervised. Without a doctor's prescription, ivermectin will cause nausea, itching and even neurological symptoms such as convulsions and can cause death.

So, is it true that medically, the drug ivermectin can be used as therapy to treat Covid-19 patients? And is it true that this is an worm medicine that is effective in curing Covid-19?

Listen to the full explanation from the Principal Researcher of Ivermectin, Dr. Budi Antariksa and General Chair of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association, dr. Agus Dwi Susanto.
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