Drug Regulator Slammed in Court for Rubbishing Ivermectin

8 September 2023

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Ivermectin is a drug with a well-established safety profile. During Covid, it was dangerous “horse paste”. Now it’s safe again. Science!

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exceeded its authority when telling Americans not to take ivermectin to treat Covid-19, a US judge ruled last week. 

The US federal appeals court in Louisiana told the FDA it was out of bounds when in August 2021 it posted on X, formerly Twitter, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medication whose inventors won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2015. With a well-established safety profile, around four billion ivermectin pills have been sold since its approval in 1987.

The FDA’s errant post, which is still visible on its X account, is the latest Covid-era abuse of power to be put in the spotlight.

Ivermectin Overdosing Stories Were Fake News

“FDA is not a physician. It has authority to inform, announce, and apprise — but not to endorse, denounce, or advise,” judge Don Willett wrote in his ruling. He added that “FDA’s posts fell on the wrong side of the line between telling about and telling to.”

The FDA made its wayward post in response to legacy media claims that Americans were overdosing on ivermectin. Those stories were later ratted out as fake news, causing embarrassment for a host of outlets, including Rolling Stone, the BBCBusiness Insider, The Independent and The Guardian.

The lawsuit was filed by three doctors who had sued the FDA for effectively preventing them from prescribing ivermectin to their patients. As reported by The Australian this week:

Mary Bowden, one of the plaintiffs, claimed her ability to prescribe ivermectin for patients had been undermined by the FDA’s social media posts, which caused some pharmacies to withhold the drug, in addition to reputational damage caused.

“I’ve treated over 6000 Covid patients now and found ivermectin not only effective but also extremely safe,” she told The Australian in an interview.

Throughout the pandemic an aggressive war emerged between some doctors and pharmaceutical regulators over the utility of two off-patent drugs, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, which some observational studies had shown to be effective if prescribed early in the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

Drug Regulators’ Bans and Backflips on Ivermectin

The Daily Declaration was among very few media outlets in Australia to criticise Australia’s FDA equivalent, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), for banning Australian doctors from prescribing the drug.

“There are a number of significant public health risks associated with taking ivermectin in an attempt to prevent Covid-19 infection rather than getting vaccinated,” the TGA said in September 2021, when it implemented the blanket ban.

Both then and now, evidence exists that the ivermectin ban was enacted not on medical grounds but instead due to institutional bias seeking to push next-generation vaccine technology.

As even The Australian concedes, “It has been reported that US law prevented the granting of Emergency Use Authorisation for then new Covid-19 vaccines, which have generated more than $US110bn in revenue for the three US pharmaceutical giants if existing prophylactic treatments were already available.”

The TGA, which relied heavily on US medical regulators for its approval of Covid-19 vaccines, receives 96 per cent of its funding from the pharmaceutical industry, according to the British Medical Journal.

It is only sensible to ask if, in its assessment of new medications produced by the pharmaceutical industry, the TGA is influenced by its lucrative funding streams from the same pharmaceutical industry.

Ivermectin: Safe, Dangerous, and Safe Again

The TGA lifted its embargo on ivermectin on 1 June 2023. Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Ramesh Thakur has called into question the FDA and TGA bans and backflips on ivermectin.

Writing for the Spectator Australia last week, Thakur questioned whether “the financial interests of the pharmaceutical sector might have unduly influenced regulators’ decisions in banning the use of ivermectin”.

He then made a most pertinent inquiry: “how can a product that was considered safe for decades before 2020 but banned during 2020-22 suddenly become safe once again?”

It’s the million dollar question.

Or in this case, the tens-of-billions-of-dollars question.

Photo via fireflyphoto/BigStock.

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  1. Kim Beazley 8 September 2023 at 8:18 am - Reply

    There is more than enough evidence out there to show that Ivermectin is of no value against COVID-19. This article at https://www.factcheck.org/2022/09/scicheck-clinical-trials-show-ivermectin-does-not-benefit-covid-19-patients-contrary-to-social-media-claims/ contains multiple links to peer reviewed double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials which all found no benefit over placebo.

    It also outlines the kind of improper studies which distorted results to make it appear as though Ivermectin was effective.

    Besides, the original argument for Ivermectin was on the basis that there was no vaccine available. So why is this still an issue when we have such a safe and effective vaccine? After all, as the British Heart Foundation reports at https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health/coronavirus-vaccine-your-questions-answered/myocarditis-and-covid-19-vaccines-should-you-be-worried

    “Research published in The Lancet medical journal in April 2022 shows that there is no greater risk of developing heart inflammation after a Covid-19 vaccine than after other common vaccines, including the flu jab.

    Researchers from Singapore looked at the findings of 22 different studies, covering 405 million doses of different vaccines around the world – including flu, smallpox, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Overall the rates of myocarditis and pericarditis following Covid vaccines weren’t significantly different to other vaccines, including flu, although rates of myocarditis or pericarditis in young men were higher following mRNA-based Covid vaccines such as Moderna or Pfizer.”

    As for the notion that the TGA has lifted the embargo on it, the reality is that they stressed the fact that it is only safe at the dosage normally prescribed for the condition it’s designed to combat, parasites. The kind of monster doses some advocates were recommending were definitely unsafe.

  2. Jim Twelves 8 September 2023 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Kurt, thank you for your shining the light on this miscarriage of justice and collusion with big pharma. As they say, most so called ‘conspiracy theories’ tend to be proven correct in the end. The truth cant be hidden!

  3. Warwick Marsh 8 September 2023 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    The collusion between big pharma, big government, big media and the supposedly ‘independent’ regulatory bodies like the FDA & TGA to stop ivermectin use against COVID 19 stinks to high heaven.

    Ivermectin could have saved millions of lives. This book shows how powerful this drug could have been against the Covid19 pandemic. https://www.amazon.com.au/War-Ivermectin-Early-Treatment-Could/dp/151077386X

    Book Description
    Big Pharma and health agencies cry, “Don’t take ivermectin!” A media storm follows. Why then, does the science say the opposite?”

    Ivermectin is a dirty word in the media. It doesn’t work. It’s a deadly horse dewormer. Prescribe or promote it and you’ll be called a right-wing quack, be banned from social media, or lose your license to practice medicine. And yet, entire countries wiped out the virus with it, and more than ninety-five studies now show it to be unequivocally effective in preventing and treating Covid-19. If it didn’t work, why was there a coordinated global campaign to cancel it? What’s the truth about this decades-old, Nobel Prize-winning medication?

    The War on Ivermectin is the personal and professional narrative of Dr. Pierre Kory and his crusade to expose a safe, inexpensive, generic medicine as the key to ending the pandemic.
    Written with Jenna McCarthy, Dr. Kory’s story chronicles the personal attacks, professional setbacks, and nefarious efforts of the world’s major health agencies and medical journals to dismiss and deny ivermectin’s efficacy. Part personal narrative, part scathing expose, The War on Ivermectin highlights the catastrophic impacts of the mass media censorship and relentless propaganda that led to the greatest humanitarian crisis in history.

    Although numerous studies and epidemiologic data have shown that millions of lives were saved globally with the systematic use of ivermectin, many more millions perished. This carnage was the direct result of what Dr. Kory eventually discovered to be the pharmaceutical industry’s silent but deadly war on generic medicines and the corrupt, captured medical and media systems that allow it to continue. For anyone who thought Covid-19 was the enemy, Dr. Kory’s book will leave no doubt that the true adversary in this war is a collective cabal of power-hungry elites who put profits over people and will stop at nothing in their quest for control.

  4. Shirley Keating 8 September 2023 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    My gut feeling was vindicated. How come it was over the counter available at pharmacies and then suddenly demonised?

  5. Dick Nicholls 8 September 2023 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Dr Robert Malone the pioneer of the technology that developed the “ vaccine” said there were two total lies not challenged by media eg the ABC .
    1) Ivomectin is dangerous
    2) Natural immunity is not as good as the “ vaccine”
    I missed our National Broadcaster’s apology for their biased agenda on this.

    Thanks Canberra Declaration for giving me opinions with such integrity.

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