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Peru Embraces Ivermectin as Key Drug to Fight Coronavirus

female pharmacist wearing mask goggles and white coat holds bottles of ivermectin medicine
A pharmacist shows doses of ivermectin. (Rodrigo Urzagasti/AP Photo)

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2020 07:19 AM

Peru is emerging as a leader in using an anti-parasitic drug to treat COVID-19 patients.

According to TrialSite News, doctors in the South American nation are employing the use of ivermectin in the fight against the coronavirus.

As word spread in the medical community that ivermectin was showing promise in successfully treating people afflicted with COVID-19, the Peruvian government approved its use for the disease in early May — without conducting any trials or having direct, firsthand evidence of its success. TrialSite News reported that Peru is now attempting to secure almost 500,000 treatments of the drug that's normally used to kill head lice and other parasites.

The website reported that interviews with doctors on the ground in Peru confirmed that using ivermectin has caused a drop in COVID-19 cases. As of Monday morning, Peru has seen around 230,000 cases of the virus and roughly 6,700 deaths.

In late May, Newsmax reported that ivermectin was showing real promise in fighting the virus in several trials worldwide.

"This drug is salvaging people from their deathbed," emergency medical physician Dr. Peter H. Hibberd of Palm Beach County, Florida, told Newsmax.

In a U.S.-based study, meanwhile, doctors concluded that ivermectin slashed the mortality rate for coronavirus patients by 40%.

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Peru is emerging as a leader in using an anti-parasitic drug to treat COVID-19 patients. According to TrialSite News, doctors in the South American nation are employing the use of ivermectin in the fight against the coronavirus. As word spread in the medical community...
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