Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
11 Jan 2021
5:55 pm

Lobby group lodge application to allow for use of Ivermectin

Brian Sokutu

The Ivermectin Interest Group will attempt to force Sahpra's hand by bringing a Section 21 application to allow the use of Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19.

People demonstrate to allow the use of Ivermectin for treating Covid-19 patients on 11 January 2021 in Durban. Picture: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart

Amid coronavirus figures continuing to soar in South Africa, an MP, 11 clinicians, public health specialists,  community health workers and medical scientists – under the umbrella of the Ivermectin Interest Group (IIG) – are this week lodging a Section 21 application to the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) in a bid to pave the way for the drug to be used in fighting Covid-19. A Section 21 application is invoked to authorise a use of a drug during an emergency. Sahpra has criminalised the dispensing of Ivermectin, leading to police last week raiding KwaZulu-Natal’s Mayville’s Ahmed Al-Kadi Hospital after...