SAHPRA condemns import and use of Ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19

Despite recent headlines of being Ivermectin being a so-called ‘miracle cure’ for COVID-19, the drug has not been approved by SAHPRA and any attempt to import the drug into SA will be perceived as unlawful.

Ivermectin is not indicated nor approved by SAHPRA for use in humans.

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At present, there is no confirmatory clinical evidence available for the use of Ivermectin in the management of COVID-19 infections

No evidence

There is no confirmatory data on Ivermectin available as yet for its use in the management of COVID-19 infections. In terms of safety and efficacy, there is no evidence to support the use of Ivermectin and we do not have any clinical trial evidence to justify its use.

At present, there is no confirmatory clinical evidence available for the use of Ivermectin in the management of COVID-19 infections.

Protect the health and well-being of South Africans

SAHPRA is focused on quality, safety and efficacy and its ultimate goal is to protect the health and well-being of all those who live in South Africa. The use of such a drug could potentially lead to harmful effects or even death and SAHPRA is firm on the stance that this medicine is unproven in the management of COVID-19 infections. Any attempt to import this drug will be dealt with by SAHPRA’s Regulatory Compliance unit in conjunction with law enforcement agencies such as SAPS and the SIU,” indicates CEO of SAHPRA, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela.

If you are aware of such transgressions, please contact Deon Poovan, senior manager: Inspectorate and Regulatory Compliance on deon.poovan@sahpra.org.za.



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