Ivermectin did not work in Brazil

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“Look at what happened in Brazil,” Natália Taschner, a Brazilian microbiologist and research scholar at Columbia University in New York, said. “Then wonder: If this drug worked, would Brazil be in such bad shape?”

Brazil’s tragic ivermectin frenzy is a warning to the US, experts say

Hilary Brueck Oct 4, 2021, 5:00 PM

  • In Brazil, ivermectin is a commonly prescribed anti parasitic drug.
  • Early on in the pandemic, Brazilians thought that ivermectin might also help treat and prevent COVID-19.
  • But, as one ICU doctor put it: “We Brazilians had to learn in the hardest way that ivermectin didn’t work.” 

Many Brazilians used to spend about $30 a head on what they called the “kit COVID.”

It was a mix of vitamins and other pills that President Jair Bolsonaro touted as early treatments for COVID-19, well before vaccines became widely available to prevent and minimize coronavirus infections. 

Among the “kit” drugs were the malaria pill hydroxychloroquine and the antiparasitic tablet ivermectin

Brazilian authorities even at one point launched an app, called TrateCov, (in English, an abbreviation of “treat COVID”) which recommended the same seven “kit” drugs to all its users. (The evidence base for that protocol leaned heavily on data from Dr. Flávio Cadegiani, who’s now a member of the FLCCC, a US-based ivermectin propaganda machine.)

But Brazilians quickly discovered — through heart-wrenching personal experience — the limits of treating COVID-19 with ivermectin. Brazil suffered some of its worst death rates yet in late 2020 and early 2021, even in heavily ivermectin-dosed areas, as the more transmissible P1, or Gamma, variant spread quickly across the country.

“Look at what happened in Brazil,” Natália Taschner, a Brazilian microbiologist and research scholar at Columbia University in New York, said. “Then wonder: If this drug worked, would Brazil be in such bad shape?”

The ivermectin strategy was once so popular in Brazil that entire towns tried it out. (Ivermectin is cheap and available in pharmacies across the country.)

In July 2020, ivermectin was available for free to all residents of Itajaí, to the tune of about $826,000 in government spending. The mayor of Itajaí, the physician Volnei Morastoni, said at that time that ivermectin was but “one more weapon in our war against the coronavirus.” 
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Ivermectin “prescription practices didn’t upend the tragedy of COVID here in Brazil in terms of preventing infections, preventing hospitalizations, and then preventing deaths,” said Dr. Kevan Akrami, an infectious-disease and critical-care physician working in the northeastern city of Salvador. “Whether somebody was taking it or not didn’t seem to have any impact on whether or not they got hospitalized or ended up dying from their COVID infection.”
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Brazilians now want vaccines, not more ivermectin 
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The “kit” which was once widely prescribed (and self-dosed) in Cuiaba, Macapá, Natal, and Manaus, is now being thrown out by the government. Brazil has a new health minister — a cardiologist who replaced a military general — and vaccines are more widely available.

“We’ve seen a huge decrease in the number of cases and the number of hospital admissions,” Antonio said of the period since vaccinations began. “We Brazilians had to learn in the hardest way that ivermectin didn’t work.” 

More than nine in 10 Brazilians say they’ve been vaccinated or intend to get their shots, according to a May poll. 
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The Brazilian government has issued new protocols for COVID-19 treatment, which recommend against using ivermectin in hospitalized patients, because they say there isn’t good evidence it does anything. 


https://www.businessinsider.com/brazil-tragic-ivermectin-for-covid-frenzy-warning-to-us-experts-2021-9

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