In April 2020, Dr Kylie Wagstaff, a researcher at Monash University, was among the first scientists in the world to discover that the pest control drug Ivermectin was effective against COVID-19 – in individual cells, not in humans.
Dr Wagstaff’s research continues, but a press release this month that already warned against self-medication had to be quickly amended to prevent some people from choosing evidence to support their programs.
The press release now includes notes such as: “DO NOT self-medicate with ivermectin and DO NOT use ivermectin intended for animals”, and “[t]The potential use of ivermectin to fight COVID-19 has not yet been proven ”.
Nonetheless, MPs Craig Kelly and George Christensen abandoned Dr. Wagstaff and his research in Parliament more than a year later.
Professor Andrew McLachlan is the Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and has been a prominent commentator on COVID-19 treatments throughout the pandemic.
He said UKTN “It is essential that we support researchers like Kylie” because discoveries like hers were essential in developing new treatments.
“Of course, even Kylie and her colleagues at Monash argued that the concentrations Kylie could study in a test tube are very different from what we see in the body after people receive normal doses of ivermectin.” , said Professor McLachlan.
“Kylie stressed that translating her findings directly into clinical therapeutics requires more testing and understanding.
“I thought she actually spoke in a very balanced way when she said that it identified ivermectin as a possibility, not as a treatment. Treatment, of course, as we have said, requires additional clinical testing. “
Prof McLachlan added that there is now a phenomenon of people choosing legitimate research for non-scientific purposes.
This is how you end up with people who self-administer horse dewormer, among other things.
“What we are finding is how people selectively use the information, which might correspond to their own views, or perhaps to the views of other so-called ‘experts’ in the media, and in especially on social media, ”said Prof McLachlan.
“Just taking a lab experiment and saying we have a cure really goes against every decision-making process that we make about how we use drugs safely and appropriately and why. “
Dr Wagstaff was not available to comment on this story.
A spokesperson for Monash University referred UKTN to a statement issued in August regarding his ongoing research.
“Monash University is not in a position to communicate the results of this work until it has undergone rigorous peer review,” the statement said.
The university also stressed that people should not self-administer ivermectin based on research results alone.
Ivermectin in Parliament
Queensland MP George Christensen dropped Dr Wagstaff’s name while touting the potential for further ivermectin research in Parliament.
Meanwhile, NSW MP Craig Kelly mentioned Dr Wagstaff in Parliament before and after leaving the Liberal Party to join Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party.
“I first cited the example – I started, before I was interrupted – of Dr Kylie Wagstaff of Monash University, who discovered that ivermectin kills the COVID stone to death in a tube on trial, ”Kelly said in response to a call to order in August. 30.
“Then I talked about research and innovation in Australia. “
Although both politicians stressed the need for further research, they were also accused of spreading disinformation about COVID-19 in the past.
“It is disappointing to hear people in leadership positions fail to understand the importance of the regulator and other expert groups like the National Task Force, who are looking at all this information with genuine interest in finding a cure. . They are not trying to shut things down. They would really like to find a cure, ”said Prof McLachlan.
A prominent Sydney gastroenterologist administered off-label ivermectin to his patients as part of a drug cocktail to deal with COVID-19.
In Parliament, Mr Kelly mentioned in the same breath the Sydney gastroenterologist and Dr Wagstaff.
Now that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has banned such off-label use of ivermectin, Kelly is awaiting official approval of this dosage regimen.
Anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters sent death threats and harassed TGA staff after the regulator banned off-label use.
“There is not enough evidence to validate the use of ivermectin in patients with COVID-19,” the regulator said in August.
Prof McLachlan said drug cocktails that included ivermectin would likely not be as effective as a placebo.
“All of the evidence I’ve seen, including one of this doctor’s recent clinical trials that was preprinted, really leaves us with a number of unanswered questions because the study design didn’t no control group. It was an observational study, ”he said.
“So we would say it was a shoddy design that doesn’t give us confidence in whether or not this is an effective treatment.”
Vaccines are not poisons
Gathering medical information is not limited to ivermectin.
Everything from the wording of a Western Australian vaccine authorization notice to correspondence from the NSW chief public health officer who cited the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 has been used to confuse safe COVID vaccines and effective with so-called dangerous “poisons”.
“One of the anti-vaccines received this correspondence – which is in the public domain – and said, ‘This confirms that COVID-19 vaccines are poisons,” “Prof McLachlan said.
This was quickly debunked as yet another misinterpretation.