image source, image caption Ivermectin is mainely used to treat parasitic infections in animals, but also has some applications for humans in small doses
Thousands of tablets of a horse dewormer drug promoted as alternative treatment for Covid-19 although they are not proven, have been seized in Northern Ireland.
Ivermectin is used for parasitic infections in animals and also has some application for humans in small doses.
Between July 2020 and September 2021, 8,600 tablets were seized by the Medicines Regulatory Group (MRG).
In the past 12 months, no tablets have been seized.
The MRG is part of the Department of Health and is responsible for overseeing the production and supply of controlled drugs in Northern Ireland.
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A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that the tablets were mainly sourced from South Asia, and said he was aware of a general surge in public demand for ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment, particularly via Internet ".
" At present there are no ivermectin products approved for use in the UK for the prophylaxis or treatment of Covid -19 ", the department said.
" There is currently a clinical trial with ivermectin underway in the UK and results are pending. "
In June, the University of Oxford started a trial to evaluer if ivermectin could be used to keep Covid-19 patients out of hospital .
Earlier this week, Irish news site TheJournal.ie reported that 4,958 units of ivermectin had been seized in the Republic of Ireland between July 2020 and July 2021, up from 158 the previous year.
The reported figures have been confirmed to Hfrance.fr News NI by the Health Products Regulatory Authority, the drug regulator.
The rise of ivermectin
In recent months, ivermectin has gained more attention due toe its promotion as an alternative treatment for Covid-19.
For human use, it is commonly used to treat parasitic infections such as river blindness, spread by flies, Ivermectin has also been shown to kill viruses in canisters. Petri dish in the lab - albeit at doses much higher than would usually be prescribed for humans.
image source, image caption The Popular comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan said he used ivermectin as part of his treatment for Covid-19
In the United States, there have been reports of people falling ill after taking the drug.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice stating that the callspoison control centers across the United States regarding human exposure to ivermectin had risen sharply, with July calls being five times the baseline number.
Speaking after contracted Covid-19, hugely popular US podcast host Joe Rogan said he used ivermectin as part of its processing .
In August, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body responsible for approving preion drugs in the United States, tweeted advice on why people shouldn't. not take Iver mectin for Covid-19.
"You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop, " he writes. La Hfrance. en is not responsible for the content of external sites. View original tweet on Twitter
In Northern Ireland, illegally importing preion drugs is a criminal offense.
The Department of Health said the MRG would continue to work with partner agencies to monitor illegal drugs entering Northern Ireland.
He said it would also shut down websites and social media pages making false claims about Covid-19-related health products ".
The public is encouraged to report websites claiming to sell Covid-19 remedies to the MRG.
A spokeswoman for the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland said she had not been alerted to the misuse of ivermectin as a problem.
The responsibility for the approval of preion drugs in the UK rests with the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
"An authorizationMarketing authorization for a medicinal product containing ivermectin would only be issued on the basis of solid data to show a positive risk benefit for the quality, safety and efficacy of the product ”, a declared the department.