In an international study that Merck's insect repellent, Ivermectin, was effective against corona19, quarantine officials were cautious about its safety and effectiveness.

In the regular briefing held today (6th) at the Osong Center for Disease Control, Chung-Eun Chung, head of the Central Defense Response Headquarters, Australian researchers released the results of a cell culture experiment that ivermectin inhibits the Corona 19 virus within 48 hours. "It is a research-level proposal, and it is not a clinically verified result, so its safety and effectiveness have not been proven."

Jung reviewed the paper, but pointed out that ivermectin was not administered to humans to verify its effectiveness, but rather that it could be effective at the cellular level.

"It is very difficult and limiting to apply it to the clinic because the exact dose, safety against side effects, and effectiveness have not been sufficiently proven," he said.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety previously presented similar opinions.

Yang Jin-young, deputy director of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, said, "In general, because of the low absorption rate of anthelmintics, further research such as clinical trials is needed to develop it as a therapeutic agent."

Yang said, "We will continue to monitor the development status of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (Antiparasitic Corona19 treatment)."

According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, anthelmintics containing ivermectin are not permitted in Korea, and one item is permitted for export.

In addition, there have been no cases where a domestic clinical trial or development consultation was requested to develop an antiparasitic ivermectin component for corona19 treatment.

Ivermectin was co-developed by Merck in the US and Kitasato Research in Japan in the 1970s.

Ivermectin is an anthelmintic ingredient used to remedy various parasites, and can treat lice, scabies, river blindness, nematodes, lymphatic filamentous diseases, and other parasitic diseases.

On the 3rd (local time), Dr. Kylie Wagstaff of the Institute of Biomedical Research, University of Monish, Australia announced the results of the test that "all genetic material disappeared within 48 hours when coronavirus cultured in the laboratory was exposed to ivermectin". Research '.

It has not been determined how ivermectin weakened the coronavirus.

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