TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) on Thursday asserted that the use of Ivermectin for Covid-19 patients requires doctor's prescription.
“This medicine can be consumed with a doctor's prescription,” said the Ministry’s Covid-19 vaccination spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi on Thursday, July 8.
Ivermectin has taken the country by storm after many people, including public figures and state officials, recommended the use of the antiparasitic drug for people to recover from Covid-19.
Tarmizi insisted that there has yet been any drug that can completely cure coronavirus. “Which is why various medicines are used to help treat Covid-19 patients, including the use of Ivermectin.”
However, the Ministry has set the highest retail price of 12 miligram Ivermectin at Rp7,500, which was ratified by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Friday, July 2. The upper cap set by the government is valid for the pharmacies, hospitals, pharmaceutical installations, and healthcare clinics across Indonesia.
The Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has only permitted the clinical trial for Ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment but is still waiting for convincing and thorough studies and global medical publications regarding the use of the drug and the cure for Covid-19 patients. Ivermectin is only authorized by the agency as an antiparasitic drug.
MOH KHORY ALFARIZI