By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte is closely monitoring the developments on the potential use of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as treatment for Covid-19, Malacañang said Wednesday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte instructed the Presidential Management Staff to provide him weekly updates on Ivermectin studies and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-related clearance.
To ensure the safety and welfare of the Filipino people, Roque said the Palace has directed the FDA to determine the course of action against the illegal trading or dispensing of Ivermectin to treat Covid-19.
“The Philippine National Police cannot arbitrarily determine on their own which drug/s should not be on the market. All operations to apprehend or seize goods must be done in coordination with the FDA,” according to the secretary.
He likewise warned the public against the sale or trade of Ivermectin for veterinary use that has been repackaged as human grade, including those that have not been determined by competent authorities as safe for humans.
“Having said this, we advise the public to seek the advice of medical practitioners before taking medicines and/or supplements,” Roque concluded.