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WATCH: Why Ivermectin Isn't Recommended for COVID treatment

An expert explains.
by Ara Eugenio
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Politicians around the world are advocating the use Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that is commonly used on animals, to treat COVID-19. Health authorities here and abroad have warned against it, saying its efficacy against the coronavirus disease is unproven due to insufficiency of  trial data.

On #SummitSandwichSessions, Dr. Anna Ong-Lim of the Department of Health Technical Advisory Group explained why the drug isn't advisable for use in either preventing or treating COVID-19. 

"It's not advisable to take Ivermectin ever... Because the data is of low quality at the moment, it is not prudent to use ivermectine either as prevention or treatment until we get more evidence to say that it really works. Why? Because any drug that is an unnecessary exposure to the system, there's always the risk of toxicity as well," she said.

ALSO READ: What is Ivermectin and Can it Cure COVID-19?

Watch her full explanation in this #SummitOriginals video:

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