Here’s the 18 study meta-analysis:
and another meta-analysis:
To call the drug a horse dewormer might be accurate, however, It’s been used in people for decades It was FDA approved in 1998, (https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/98/50-742s001_Stromectol_Approv.PDF), and is recommended for refugees coming to the US by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/guidelines/overseas-guidelines.html)
Drugs are used off-label many thousands of times per day. “Off-label” means drug is used for a disease or medical condition it is not approved to treat. The FDA approves a drug for a specific purpose. If that drug can be used for alternative uses, physicians will often prescribe that medication.
For example, there is a medication approved for people who have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a rare, and serious genetic illness that causes problems with breathing and digestion. There is a medication approved to treat breathing problems associated with CF. It’s called Pulmozyme. It’s a synthetic form of a chemical everyone’s body produces, and it helps to break up thick phlegm in the patient’s lungs.
Pneumonia is lung infection, and the lungs develop thick phlegm. Even thought it’s quite expensive, some doctors MAY prescribe Pulmozyme to patients who have pneumonia… even thought Pulmozyme is NOT approved for pneumonia. That is an OFF LABEL use of Pulmozyme.
Since they have peer-reviewed studies that show favorable results, and Ivermectin is approved for human use — There is nothing that says they can’t prescribe Ivermectin OFF LABEL to treat Coronavirus.
Here’s where the blockage happens…
The hospitals are being instructed by their Pharmacy Directors to NOT dispense the drug.
Here’s how it works…
The physician places the order. If the medication is in the “formulary” (the list of medications the pharmacy carries), the pharmacy fills it. If not, the pharmacy may substitute OR cancel the order and call or send a note to the doctor, nurse, or other staff.
The pharmacy is the gatekeeper.
In fact, even when the medication exists on formulary, the pharmacy may default to another medication.
Here’s an example.
Xopenex is a drug similar to albuterol. It’s a breathing medication for people with asthma or COPD. It’s more expensive than albuterol, however, people experience fewer side effects.
If the doctor in the hospital prescribes Xopenex, the pharmacy might be instructed to default it to albuterol to save money. If the patient was very, very sensitive to albuterol side effects, the nurse or respiratory therapist would have to call pharmacy and explicitly state, “I’m sorry, the patient can’t have albuterol, and the doc requested Xopenex, can you please send Xopenex “.
At that time, the pharmacy should change it back and dispense Xopenex… but they don’t have to.
What that means is, Pharmacists (and especially Pharmacy Directors) need to be sent copies of the Ivermectin Studies. NOT ARTICLES. They will not respond to articles.
Print the studies linked on this page, and send them to hospital pharmacists.