- A recent court order in Gauteng has now allowed for the use of the drug Ivermectin to treat Covid-19
- The order determined that medicine that contains Ivermectin as an active ingredient may be used for 'off-label' purposes (for treatment other than it's original registered use)
- The court order was made by Judge Cassim Sardiwalla under Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act
An order was issued by the Gauteng High Court on Tuesday allowing for medicine that has Ivermectin as an active ingredient to be used to treat Covid-19 if prescribed by a doctor. The news follows a settlement that was reached between Afriforum and Dr George Coetzee.
The order of court was made by Judge Cassim Sardiwalla. Previously, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) and the aforementioned applicants made an agreement for the access to and compounding of Ivermectin.
Sahpra's registration of the medicine allows for it to be compounded and made accessible under Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act.
According to IOL, the order also allows for access to imported Ivermectin which may be provided under the provisions of the Medicines Act. The drug has now been listed as Schedule 3 and can be used for 'off-label' use; meaning it can be used in the treatment of Covid-19.
News24 revealed that the court order stated that licensed practitioners will be allowed to prescribe the medicine at their professional discretion. The publication also revealed that a number of medical practitioners stated that no applications for the use of the drug had been approved following the court order.
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Previously, Briefly.co.za there was a lot of concerns raised about the drug Ivermectin. Ahmed Al-Kadi (AAK) Hospital was criminally charged for violating the Medicines and Related Substances Act by illegally dispensing ivermectin to patients.
The police raided the hospital and confiscated the medication. According to IOL, a Pakistani national was arrested with over 2 000 Ivermectin tablets at King Shaka International Airport.
“In terms of safety and efficacy, there is no evidence to support the use of Ivermectin and we do not have any clinical trial evidence to justify its use.”
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