Category: Clinical Trials

The Meta-Analytical Fixers: An Ivermectin Tale – The Chloroquine Wars Part XL

The Roman/Hernandez meta-analysis comes at a politically contentious moment. Their language and behavior appear political. Their work is error-laden, takes research out of its true context, uses numbers that don’t seem to come from the actual studies, chooses papers testing ivermectin under the least favorable circumstances, gives unexplained and inappropriate weights to the small amount of data that stands as outliers to the bigger picture, and still drives a conclusion of “don’t use this” from a massive average mortality reduction that did not quite reach statistical significance. At the same time the authors consistently complain about the “low quality of evidence” represented by the studies they do and do not include, nearly all of which I would describe as produced by higher quality scientists who can at least tally numbers correctly.

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Hydroxychloroquine and its friends

Dr. Risch gives a succinct history of the politics of hydroxychloroquine and other useful existing medicines in the USA, which has had global effect, as many countries look to the USA for guidance. Corruption and manipulation from behind the scenes around the world are brought to the surface for scrutiny.

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Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection

Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.

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Ivermectin Added to University of Minnesota COVID-19 Drug Trial

Leading the national trial is Dr. Carolyn Bramante, a U internal medicine specialist. Emphasizing the importance of this trial, she says, “Not everybody has access to the vaccine, whereas these medications are existing generics, already FDA-approved, that are available in most pharmacies around the world.” Dr. Bramante continued, “If we find evidence of benefit, [the drugs] could be used immediately anywhere.”

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NIH to Launch Massive ACTIV-6 Phase 3 Clinical Study Investigating Repurposed Drugs & Ivermectin May be on the List

NIH will provide an initial investment of $155 million in funding for the trial. TrialSite picked up inside rumblings that ivermectin will be one of the economical drugs under investigation. While this study is late in the pandemic, nonetheless TrialSite celebrates Collins and team’s movement in this most important of areas. We don’t currently have approved medication to be self-administered by people suffering mild disease at home & reduce the chance of needing hospitalization.

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Hyperglycemia, hydroxychloroquine and the COVID‐19 pandemic

Hydroxychloroquine also can act as an oral hypoglycemic agent, as patients with diabetes taking hydroxychloroquine for rheumatologic diseases had a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1c when compared to methotrexate,40 and thus can serve to reduce hyperglycemia, a possible COVID‐19 risk factor for disease severity.

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A RANDOMIZED TRIAL – INTENSIVE TREATMENT BASED IN IVERMECTIN AND IOTA-CARRAGEENAN AS PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS FOR COVID- 19 IN HEALTHCARE AGENTS

The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of oral Ivermectin treatment, which has been associated with iota-carrageenan in repeated doses through the nasal and oral topical route, on the appearance and eventual progression of COVID-19 disease in a healthy population that are exposed to it and have a higher risk of contagion of SARS-COV-2 for being health personnel from

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The Chloroquine Wars Part VI – The Simple Logic of the Hydroxychloroquine Hypothesis

The Hydroxychloroquine Hypothesis: That there is some appropriate dosage of hydroxychloroquine, alone or in some combination with other medication, that successfully prevents some COVID-19 cases (PrEP/PEP) or treats some COVID-19 sufferers (Early/Late/Critical).
Remaining entirely unblemished after a year of trials and observations, the current evidence in favor of the Primary HCQ Hypothesis fully validates the HCQ Hypothesis. The logic is so simple that it almost feels like your livelihood would have to be on the line to deny it.

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The Chloroquine Wars Part IV

Why then does the pharmaceutical industry and its promoters insist on conducting RCTs before something is accepted as true? RCTs take substantial amounts of time and significant resources to conduct. This creates a barrier to entry, especially for inexpensive solutions to medical problems. In other words, the myth that RCTs are some necessary “gold standard” is a deception that, along with regulatory agency, prevent any possibility for simpler and less expensive (less profitable) medical solutions to gain traction.

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The Chloroquine Wars Part III

If the argument rests on “RCTs as the gold standard”, there is little doubt that the evidence dramatically favors using HCQ as a standard early stage therapeutic! But it is reasonable to assess the quality of all the evidence to reach beyond gold for the ultimate and supreme standards of scientific evidence. That too we plan to present in future articles.

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