Have you seen this graphic?
A number of Twitter users and so-called alternative media use the argument that the drug Ivermectin must be used to fight corona.
The information and culture department of the Japanese embassy in Norway wrote in an email to Nettavisen that ivermectin is not approved for use against Corona in Japan.
– According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, ivermectin is still not approved but is a drug in development, they write in an email to Nettavisen.
Here is an example of a social media post that has no roots in reality. The Japanese authorities do not recommend the use of the drug Ivermectin for coronary treatment:
That’s not the only example. It is awash with messages of recommendations and reflections on medicine.
US quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who plays for the NFL team Green Bay Packers, has been hit hard after long conspiratorial talks about Corona, vaccinations and the treatment of coronary artery disease. Among other things, he gave an interview last fall in which he said he checked some facts himself, and he did get recommended several corona treatments – including ivermectin – by his friend Joe Rogan. The latter, one of the world’s largest podcast moderators, has come under massive criticism for spreading misleading information about corona and vaccinations.
So look no further until you find examples of posts debating ivermectin:
What is ivermectin?
Ivermectin is a recognized drug that is also used in Norway. In 2015, the makers of the drug received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work. The drug is used to kill parasites in both animals and humans. In Norway, ivermectin is widely used to combat scabies.
At the Norwegian Medicines Agency websites it says that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reviewed the documentation of a number of different studies on ivermectin.
“Laboratory studies have shown that ivermectin can prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, but this requires much higher concentrations than those achieved with usual use of approved ivermectin drugs.”
In addition, the Norwegian Medicines Agency writes that most of the studies were small and had weaknesses, including the use of multiple drugs at the same time and different dosing regimens.
“The EMA has therefore concluded that the available knowledge is currently insufficient to recommend the use of ivermectin in Covid-19 – except in clinical trials.”
The Norwegian Medicines Agency also states that ivermectin can cause serious health problems when administered in high doses.
“Although ivermectin is generally well tolerated, side effects cannot be ruled out when using the high doses that would be required to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the lungs.”
– I did a little research and ivermectin was not recommended by the Japanese authorities, says Steinar Madsen, medical director at the Norwegian Medicines Agency on Nettavisen.
Among other things, he refers to an article from Reuters which concludes that ivermectin has nothing to do with the decline in the number of infected people in Japan.
– This isn’t the only fake news we’ve seen during the pandemic. There are hundreds of articles that have been written, published and withdrawn because they contain fictional facts, poor research, etc., Madsen tells Nettavisen.
He pulls one out Study published in both the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. It turned out to contain fictional numbers.
– It was such that even a layman would realize that this was not true, says Madsen to Nettavisen. The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine are two of the world’s most recognized medical journals.
– The danger is that people would rather have ivermectin than a vaccine. Vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic. If it turns out that more people now want ivermectin against Corona, that’s not good, says Madsen to Nettavisen.
In October last year, Nettavisen wrote an article about ivermectin. Madsen said at the time it was not known whether ivermectin had any effect against Covid-19.
– There is conflicting data and a blurry image. A number of studies are underway to find out. It will be very exciting to see if the studies can determine whether ivermectin prevents or treats corona, Madsen told Nettavisen in October.
He referred to the latest summary of serious Cochrane Library of July 28 last year stating that it is not possible to determine whether ivermectin has any anti-corona effect.
– Nothing new has happened since the last time, Madsen now tells Nettavisen.
Can be used against corona
Ivermectin can be used against Corona in Norway, but then a doctor has to prescribe the drug. Es hat Steinar Madsen tearlier said to Nettavisen.
– Norwegian doctors are free to prescribe it to their patients if they feel it is right and medically justifiable. In Norway, ivermectin is mainly used against scabies, says Madsen.
Madsen and the Norwegian Medicines Agency do not have an overview of how many people in Norway have received ivermectin for Corona.
– It is an important medicine. We have some concerns that extensive use of ivermectin against Corona will lead to resistance in scabies. The director says that heavy use of a drug against bacteria and parasites almost always leads to some form of resistance.
– The definition of conspiracy thinking
One who has also taken a closer look at the evolution of ivermectin mentions on social media is blogger, author and lecturer Gunnar Tjomlid. He lectures and writes on critical thinking, alternative treatments, and science communication.
in one blog entries Published in September 2021, he examined whether it is true that a rapid decline in corona cases in India is due to the use of ivermectin. He concluded that the conclusions drawn were informed by conspiracy theories.
– They select the dates that fit ivermectin and deny dates that don’t fit that picture. That’s the very definition of conspiracy thinking. Anything supporting the hypothesis is TRUTH and anything contradicting it is FALSE and part of the Great Conspiracy! he writes on his blog Saksynt.