Lawmakers will set up an “Ivermectin Pan-three” in Quezon City.
On Tuesday, two lawmakers said that they will set up an “Ivermectin Pan-three” in Quezon City to distribute Ivermectin to “those who are in dire need”.
Despite cautions from health experts and government agencies on the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19, Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor and SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta announced in a joint statement obtained by Manila Bulletin that they’ll be putting up their own community pantry to give out free doses of Ivermectin.
“After the inquiries conducted by two committees of the House of Representatives (Health and Good Government and Public Accountability) where both foreign and local experts were engaged on the potential use of Ivermectin, we have decisively come to a critical decision to distribute Ivermectin to those who are in dire need of this drug,” Defensor and Marcoleta disclosed in a statement.
Defensor and Marcoleta also said that this combined both the “sense of urgency” and “inherent trait of community sharing” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Their project, according to a report on Manila Bulletin, will be launched on April 29 in Quezon City. Defensor and Marcoleta said that doctors will be prescribing ivermectin doses to senior citizens and other indigent individuals.
In setting up their “Ivermectin Pan-three”, Defensor and Marcoleta slammed the “complacency, if not indifference” of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) on the supposed potentials of Ivermectin in treating or preventing COVID-19.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health have since maintained a careful position about the use of Ivermectin amidst pressure from the divided medical sector as well as lawmakers who had been pushing for its widespread use and distribution.
The World Health Organization (WHO) cited the lack of clinical trials and evidence of its efficacy as an anti-viral drug, specifically in lessening the coronavirus symptoms or preventing coronavirus infection.
Still, Defensor and Marcoleta insisted the testimonies of doctors and groups who supported and attested to the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 patients.
Defensor and Marcoleta said that under their “Ivermectin Pan-three” project, every beneficiary would be getting a minimum of three capsules or tablets of Ivermectin free of charge.
In addition, Defensor and Marcoleta said that doctors from Lifecore Bio-Integrative, Inc. and the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC-PH) will be assisting.