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Defensor to fight FDA in court for Ivermectin

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Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor on Wednesday said he is willing to fight the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in court if the regulatory body will order him to stop his Ivermectin community pantry.

“If they will again stop this initiative, I will fight them in court because we are compliant legally,” Defensor told reporters in a virtual meeting.

 

“On two occasions during the hearings, the FDA said it can be processed. If this will be stopped again and hinder those in need from getting the drug, I will fight them in court. It’s too much,” he added.

Defensor and Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta will formally launch the event “Ivermectin Pan-three” at the Matandang Balara Hall Park, Quezon City on Thursday morning.

In the event, beneficiaries will receive at least three free human-grade Ivermectin capsules upon the prescription of doctors affiliated with the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDCph), the group of medical experts pushing for the use of the anti-parasitic drug to treat Covid-19.

Defensor insisted that the free distribution of the said medicine is legal since the compounded Ivermectin, that will be provided, will be coming from Lifecore Bio-integrative, Inc. a licensed compounding laboratory in Quezon City.

The two lawmakers with CDCph will also give Ivermectin capsules to different barangays in Quezon City, the city that remains to have the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila.

Defensor and Marcoleta are among the House members who openly support the use of Ivermectin as early treatment and prevention for Covid-19, citing clinical trials abroad where it was found that the drug can kill the coronavirus.

As of 27 April, the Food and Drug Administration has granted five specialty hospitals compassionate special permits to use Ivermectin as treatment against the Covid-19.

 

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