Dr. Daniel Nagase attending to patients at a hospital in Alberta confirmed to have used ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients, claiming that after administering the drug, the patients recovered quickly and were discharged within a week.
Moreover, in the video, Nagase maintains that one of the patients showed signs of recovery within 18 hours. The doctor acquired ivermectin despite the Red Deer Hospital’s chemist warning that the drug should not be administered to COVID-19 patients. Shockingly, Nagase did not even get ivermectin from a pharmacy but an agricultural supplier, the Co-op store.
Ivermectin is used to treat livestock parasites, and countries such as Canada and the United States have not approved its use in slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19. However, Nagase claims that Alberta’s health directors are withholding the use of ivermectin, which can save the lives of COVID-19 patients.
Earlier this week, Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a statement indicating that ivermectin was not safe for use to treat or prevent the virus. The scientific advisory group of AHS warn that existing surveys have different problems since the available evidence does not support ivermectin use on COVID-19 patients.
Furthermore, the agency maintains that the current studies are biased because they use small sample sizes, undermining the generalization of findings.
Therefore, more research is necessary to ascertain the effectiveness and safety of using ivermectin on COVID-19 patients since even the previous surveys have been withdrawn because of fake data. The agency’s tweet read, “vaccination remains our best means of preventing COVID-19 at this time,” which discourages the use of other drugs to manage COVID-19.
Various physicians, such as Dr. Keith Wolstenholme, also working in Red Deer Hospital, stated that Nagase’s ignorance of using evidence-based treatment made him administer ivermectin to patients, disregarding its dangerous symptoms.
Dr. Mark Yarema, a member of the AHS, confirmed that their research did not yield any concrete evidence that ivermectin improves the condition of COVID-19 patients. The AHS Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) augments the advisory group’s findings because people who called the poison hotline claiming to be sick after ingesting ivermectin increased.
Moreover, a rise in the demand for ivermectin in the United States necessitated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn citizens about using the medication to treat the virus. In New York, the Richmond County Supreme Court denied the ivermectin administration on a 77-year-old patient.
The judge, Ralph Porzio, rejected the use of the drug on the patient, stating that it has not been approved for treating COVID-19, and thus, he would not allow it to be used as medication from the bench. Therefore, he failed to permit the administration of ivermectin, which is unapproved and unproven, to treat COVID-19 because it could be having detrimental effects on patients.
A virus causes COVID-19, meaning that ivermectin used to treat parasites is the wrong medication. As listed by the World Health Organization, a form of ivermectin has been approved for human use to treat diseases caused by parasites and not viruses. Lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of ivermectin in stopping and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 means that physicians should not act based on their perceptions to use the medication on patients.
Allowing Dr. Nagase’s claims to spread poses significant dangers since people will believe that they can use alternative drugs to treat and prevent themselves against COVID-19, decreasing the number vaccinated.
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