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Ivermectin Fails to Cut Covid Hospitalizations in Large Study

Boxes of ivermectin.

Boxes of ivermectin.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

A large study on the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, which has gained popularity as an alternative therapy for Covid-19, found that the medicine didn’t help keep patients out of the hospital.

Scientists in Brazil who followed more than 1,300 patients assigned to take either the drug or a placebo for three days also found that ivermectin treatment didn’t help with a number of other health measures such as viral clearance after a week, speed of recovery or risk of death. The study results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.