House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta (SAGIP partylist) and Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor will be holding a community pantry on 29 April, but instead of food items, they will be distributing human-grade Ivermectin capsules for free.
The event — which they called “Ivermectin Pan-three”— will be formally launched at 9:00 a.m. at the Matandang Balara Hall Park, Quezon City. It intends to give each beneficiary at least three Ivermectin capsules for free which they can drink as a preventive drug or early treatment for Covid-19.
The compounded Ivermectin which will be provided for free came from Lifecore Bio-integrative, Inc. a licensed compounding laboratory in Quezon City, Marcoleta and Defensor also revealed.
They will then be making rounds to give Ivermectin to residents from different barangays in Quezon City, the city that remains to have the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila.
Medical doctors will be present in the distribution to issue prescriptions to the beneficiaries, they disclosed.
The lawmakers explained that they have come to this “critical decision” to distribute Ivermectin among people who are “in dire need” of it following the inquiries held by House health and good government and public accountability committees.
Here, they said, foreign and local health experts vouched for the “potential use” of the antiparasitic drug in killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, citing several clinical studies held abroad.
“It is now recognized and widely used against Covid-19 in South Africa, Slovakia, Panama, Peru, in parts of India and Mexico, and Czech Republic. It is now being prescribed by doctors in the United States, Australia, and Canada as off-label use for Covid-19 patients,” the congressmen said in a statement.
“We cannot, in good conscience, sit idly by at the excuse of inflexible bureaucracy to deny our people—especially the underprivileged—their pharmaceutically-assisted moments as they struggle to breathe their last,” they further stated.
Two Filipino doctors, they added, have “testified” and “respectively administered” Ivermectin to some 8,000 and 5,000 patients whose conditions all improved and 90 percent of them did not need to be hospitalized.
The lawmakers were referring to Dr. Allan Landrito and Dr. Homer Lim who are two of the founding members of the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph), a group of medical experts promoting the use of Ivermectin to treat Covid-19.
As of 27 April, the Food and Drug Administration has granted five specialty hospitals compassionate special permits to use Ivermectin as treatment against the deadly disease.