Japan’s Kowa says ivermectin has ‘antiviral effect’ against Omicron, other variants

Japan’s Kowa says ivermectin has ‘antiviral effect’ against Omicron, other variants

January 31, 2022

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese trading and pharmaceutical company Kowa Co Ltd said on Monday anti-parasite drug ivermectin has an “antiviral effect” against Omicron and other variants of COVID-19 as Phase III clinical trials continue.

The company did not provide further details.

The firm has been working with Kitasato University, a medical university in Tokyo, on testing the drug which is used to treat parasites in animals and humans, as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

Clinical trials are ongoing but promotion of the drug as a COVID-19 treatment has generated controversy.

The drug is not approved for treatment of COVID-19 in Japan and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and the EU drug regulator have warned against its use.

(Reporting by Sam Nussey and Rocky Swift; Editing by Tomasz Janowskiand Louise Heavens)

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