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Ivermectin is not a cure for Covid-19: Minister

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2021

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – The affordable antiparasitic drug Ivermectin is not a cure for Covid-19, according to State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir.

"Once again, [Ivermectin] is for therapies, not a cure for Covid-19," the minister said in a video published on his Instagram on Monday.

State-run pharmaceutical firm Indofarma has received a green light from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) to distribute the generic 12-milligram Ivermectin drug. Indofarma is expecting to produce up to 4 million tablets a month. Each tablet is priced starting from Rp 5,000 (around $0.35).

According to Erick, Ivermectin will still have to undergo clinical testing.

"Like drugs for other diseases that have the potential to treat Covid-19, Ivermectin is still being tested for additional indications for use for Covid-19," Erick said.

In his post, Erick also warned the public that Ivermectin is a prescription-only medicine. Its consumption also requires a doctor's supervision. "Never ever consume it without a doctor's prescription," the minister said.

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/news/ivermectin-is-not-a-cure-for-covid19-ministe