To the Editor:
On Sept. 17, 2021 the Boca Beacon published a letter said to “refute” Dr. James’s recent article regarding Ivermectin. It did not. Ivermectin’s manufacturer Merck, and mainstream medicine – Cleveland Clinic for example – report Ivermectin as not being helpful in preventing or treating covid-19 infection and should not be used for these purposes. Most telling is the message from Merck: “there is not scientific basis for potential therapeutic effect against covid-19 from preclinical studies; there is no meaningful evidence for clinical efficacy in patients with covid 19; and, there is “concerning” lack of safety in the majority of studies. Their recommendation is to not use their drug Ivermectin for other than parasitic diseases for which it is an excellent drug.
The October 10, 2015 press release from the Karolinska Institute notes the Nobel Prize is awarded to Dr. Omura and Dr. William C. Campbell “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites,” further noting “a new drug Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.” Nowhere is there mention of any effect on “viral infections” referred to in the “refutes” letter.
The endorsement of the Tokyo Medical Association for use in covid-19 cases implies a general use of the drug for covid-19 there. Not the case: the Japanese government has not authorized its use for this purpose. The World Health Organization added Ivermectin to the list of “essential” medications because of its usefulness in treating human intestinal parasites but did not include it with the list of anti-viral agents. Again, there is no mention of anti-viral activity. No one argues with using Ivermectin for parasitic diseases.
The letter also strangely ignores the critical role of the extraordinarily rapid arrival of an excellent vaccine which prevents serious illness and death in the vast majority of recipients.
Dr. James is correct despite the inaccurate attempt to discredit him. He and his colleagues at the Boca Grande Health Clinic are outstanding, very well informed physicians who have done a superlative job of transmitting valid information to the public, very efficiently arranging vaccinations, and supplying appropriate care in what are very trying times. Instead of inaccurately attacking the clinic and its staff, we all should appreciate their willingness to take on the hazardous “front line” against covid-19 and their dedication to professionalism with compassion. We are so fortunate to have the clinic on our island. Many, many thanks to the clinic staff for all that they have done.
Lewis Hamilton, MD retired,
Boca Grande, FL