Anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin is no longer allowed to be prescribed to COVID-19 patients.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has terminated the controlled Compassionate Use Access Programme with immediate effect, saying there’s no credible evidence it helps treat COVID-19.
The authority had allowed it’s use in January last year amid public interest and reports of illicit Ivermectin entering the market.
It said that since the programme was introduced, more evidence has emerged around the efficacy of Ivermectin.
This includes the World Health Organization issuing an advisory that only recommended Ivermectin use within the context of clinical trials.
In South Africa, no further importation of unregistered Ivermectin products will be allowed and health facilities will no longer be enabled to hold bulk stock in anticipation of prescriptions.