Sahpra Says Reports of Ivermectin Approval Is Fake News

Sahpra Says Reports of Ivermectin Approval Is Fake News

  • The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority says a SABC News screenshot claiming that the use of Ivermectin has been approved is fake
  • Ivermectin may only be administered by doctors under section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act
  • Dr Emmanuel Taban says the majority of patients admitted to his hospital believed that Ivermectin would protect them against Covid-19

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A screenshot of a SABC News social media post with a breaking news tag made claims Ivermectin had been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) for treatment of coronavirus patients is not true.

Yuven Gounden, a spokesperson for Sahpra, acknowledged the reports were fake. Sahpra further acknowledged that the screenshot being circulated is old and should not be circulated, according to a report by News24.

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Sahpra says reports that the animal anti-parasitic medication Ivermectin has been approved for use in treating Covid-19 is fake. Image: Soumyabrata Roy
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Hlengiwe Nhlabathi-Mokota, acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi's spokesperson also confirmed that the reports were false and the medication had not been approved for use of Covid-19.

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Nhlabathi-Mokota added that the medication may be used in special circumstances by doctors under Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act as per Sahpra regulations. Sahpra decided in February to allow doctors to begin Ivermectin treatment.

Sahpra has always been on the fence when it comes to administering Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid patients citing insufficient clinical evidence to assure the safety of its use.

Doctor warns against the use of Ivermectin to prevent contracting Covid-19

Mediclinic Midstream in Midrand's leading pulmonologist says all of the patients presently admitted to the hospital assumed Ivermectin would protect them from contracting Covid-19.

Dr Emmanuel Taban wrote in a Facebook post that Ivermectin was used by two out of every three patients admitted to the hospital and added that the medication offered no protection against Covid-19.

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“Most of these patients have been taking ivermectin which was prescribed by doctors and as a result they feel protected,” he said in a quote by TimesLIVE.

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medication usually administered to animals and can cause liver damage in humans.

“I have lost five patients to liver failure from ivermectin and all patients now admitted here have all been on [the drug]," he said.

Dr Taban also criticised other doctors who gave their patients ivermectin to treat coronavirus and would like for doctors to stop prescribing the medication.

Covid19: Doctor arrested for breaking curfew after attending a medical emergency

Briefly News recently reported that an ear, nose and throat specialist spent the night in the Edenvale police holding cells on Friday. The police arrested him for breaking curfew as per coronavirus regulations.

Dr Ivan Jardine says on Friday afternoon he received word from his cousin that his aunt, who was dehydrated, needed medical attention and there was no help nearby, according to MyBroadband.

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Dr Jardine, who lives in Kensington on the East Rand, decided to take the trip to Quellerina in the West Rand to give his aunt medical assistance. He spent the rest of Friday afternoon and the evening attending to his aunt, who is the oldest surviving member of his family, reports TimesLIVE.

Dr Jardine states that he left Quellerina after 9pm and was stopped by the police at Eastgate who asked to see a permit that allowed him to be on the road after curfew.

“At Eastgate, the police stopped me and demanded a permit and demanded an ID. I said I was doctor. They did not believe me,” Jardine said.

He further told the police that he worked at a hospital near where he was stopped and they still decided to take him in. After his arrest, Dr Jardine said he called everyone he knew who could vouch for him as a doctor, including the hospital's manager where he worked.

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