Ivermectin Shows No Clear Benefit in the Treatment of Covid-19

New trial results find no statistically significant effect

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
Elemental
Published in
5 min readAug 12, 2021

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Pictured: Not ivermectin — beautiful photo though. Source: Pexels

Ivermectin is a horse dewormer and anti-parasitic medication that has been promoted across the world for the treatment of Covid-19. It has been in the news a lot recently because a large portion of the evidence base for the drug appears to have been based on fraudulent research, which, as scientific rigor goes, is usually considered to be a bit of an issue.

But we’ve held out hope that the drug works for Covid-19 because, despite the foundations of the research being cracked, there were still a number of positive trials, and some of them were really well done. Yes, fraud is bad, but we can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just because one study may never have happened at all.

Until today. The results from a very large new study were just released, showing absolutely no benefit for ivermectin when compared with a placebo pill. It now seems depressingly likely that ivermectin is probably not useful for treating Covid-19.

New research

The new study in question is called the Together Clinical Trials, and it’s a truly amazing collaboration between a number of universities and research groups to study the effects of repurposed drugs…

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