Sebastian Rushworth MD: “62% reduction in the relative risk of dying among COVID patients treated with Ivermectin”
Update on Ivermectin for COVID-19
Sebastian Rushworth, M.D., 9 May, 2021
...Let's move on and update our meta-analysis. The reason we need to do a meta-analysis here is that none of the trials of Ivermectin is large enough on its own to provide a definitive answer as to whether it is a useful treatment for covid-19 or not... I've included every double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial I could find of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID. Using only double-blind placebo-controlled trials means that only the highest quality studies are included in this meta-analysis, which minimizes the risk of biases messing up the results as far as possible.
What we see is a 62% reduction in the relative risk of dying among COVID patients treated with Ivermectin. That would mean that Ivermectin prevents roughly three out of five COVID deaths. The reduction is statistically significant (p-value 0,004). In other words, the weight of evidence supporting Ivermectin continues to pile up. It is now far stronger than the evidence that led to widespread use of Remdesivir earlier in the pandemic, and the effect is much larger and more important (remdesivir was only ever shown to marginally decrease length of hospital stay, it was never shown to have any effect on risk of dying).
I understand why pharmaceutical companies don't like Ivermectin. It's a cheap generic drug. Even Merck, the company that invented Ivermectin, is doing it's best to destroy the drug's reputation at the moment. This can only be explained by the fact that Merck is currently developing two expensive new COVID drugs, and doesn't want an off-patent drug, which it can no longer make any profit from, competing with them.
The only reason I can think to understand why the broader medical establishment, however, is still so anti-Ivermectin is that these studies have all been done outside the rich west. Apparently doctors and scientists outside North America and Western Europe can't be trusted, unless they're saying things that are in line with our preconceived notions.
Researchers at McMaster university are currently organizing a large trial of Ivermectin as a treatment for covid-19, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. That trial is expected to enroll over 3,000 people, so it should be definitive. It's going to be very interesting to see what it shows when the results finally get published.
WIND: amazing to see a doctor just come out and say it: with Big Pharma and the entire medical establishment, it’s all about the money, not about helping people survive. But only very poorly informed persons could think otherwise about virtually everything in health care, which in character finds little to distinguish itself from a criminally negligent enterprise hell bent on maximizing profits.