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Ivermectin for COVID-19: Promising but not yet conclusive

R van Rensburg, E H Decloedt, H Reuter, A Parker, N Schrueder, S Lahri

Abstract


Ivermectin has been proposed as a potential definitive and prophylactic treatment for COVID-19. Ivermectin is an anthelmintic drug that is usually indicated for filarial and resistant scabies infections, but has been shown to have antiviral activity and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro. Ivermectin has the potential to
be a promising directed therapy in the drug armamentarium against
COVID-19, as it has been shown to have in vitro activity against
SARS-CoV-2.


Authors' affiliations

R van Rensburg, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

E H Decloedt, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

H Reuter, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

A Parker, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

N Schrueder, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

S Lahri, Emergency physician, Khayelitsha Hospital; and Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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Date submitted: 2021-01-12
Date published: 2021-01-12

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