The Australian Minister of Well being goes off the script with ivermectin therapy for Covid-19 – is that clear?

Guest contribution by Eric Worrall

h / t JoNova; A simple, proven generic medical treatment that can reduce Covid deaths by 80% is slowly gaining reluctant acceptance.

Hunt goes out of script with ivermectin

Health minister endorses doctors’ right to treat Covid

Rebecca Weisser

July 17, 2021

It is to Australia’s credit that Monash University, together with the Doherty Institute, identified one of the most effective treatments that showed that ivermectin kills the Sars-CoV-2 virus within 48 hours. However, to our national shame, the researchers were starved for resources and the discovery ignored.

Not so in Indonesia, where an enterprising philanthropist, Haryoseno, took action and made ivermectin available to the masses for free or at low cost. As a result, Indonesia has an extremely low Covid death rate. That is, until the Ministry of Health, following the recommendation of the WHO, has decided that ivermectin will only be used in a clinical study. Haryoseno has been threatened with a fine and ten year prison sentence and the supply of ivermectin has dried up. Result? The number of deaths per million has increased five-fold since Ivermectin was discontinued on June 12.

In Australia, one of the few doctors brave enough to use the drug to treat patients and save lives became Dr. Mark Hobart, reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Fortunately, AHPRA announced that there was no injury. As a matter of fact, Federal Minister of Health Greg Hunt wrote to one of the doctors in Australia who prescribes ivermectin, confirming that he knew that some doctors were prescribing ivermectin off-label for Covid and that they were well within their rights Because the prescribing of registered drugs outside of their approved indications is not regulated or controlled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), it is at the discretion of the prescribing physician. But the silence continues. Ivermectin is the drug that dares not pronounce its name.

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Regardless of your views on vaccination, there will always be a core of people who oppose vaccination. Having a cheap and effective generic therapeutic available would defuse the debate over whether vaccines should be mandatory.

I’m not denying that more work needs to be done to prove the effectiveness of drug therapies, but denying therapies that appear to be well supported by anecdotal evidence could cost someone their lives. President Trump understood this when he established the right to litigation – a principle that I believe clearly should be extended to the treatment of Covid-19.

So I applaud Health Secretary Greg Hunt for campaigning for an election and I hope he finds the courage to hold on to his position of cheap generic alternatives to expensive patented treatments, given the immense self-interest pressures that he may face close.


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