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All the way to the court, top doctors and doctors beg to lift the ban on ivermectin – and always in vain, again this week. Hardcore anti-quacks vote against: It really has to come from the pharmaceutical companies, otherwise it can't be trusted. And those pharmaceutical companies say 'no'. Why is that? Already discussed earlier but again topical.
The NOS news concludes crystal clear that ivermectin does not work, that even the producer of ivermectin says that it does not work.
"Even the producer (Merck, ed.) says ivermectin does not work against Covid-19."Bouncer of the arguments in the boycott campaign last night 21 Dec. 2021 in the NOS news.
How about that?
Merck is a healthy company and it's their responsibility to keep it that way. If a producer like Merck sees the opportunity to become a co-producer of a vaccine to be rolled out worldwide (semi)annually, then it would be bad entrepreneurship to promote a pill instead whose patent has long since expired. That means competition and therefore suboptimal profit margins. That's not the business model. It is all about the unique patent ownership because that gives the exclusive right and so interesting margins can be realized in negotiations with governments, insurers and healthcare institutions.
Now this was an emergency vaccine that would be allowed under very strict conditions, possibly because of the emergency situation. An EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) becomes difficult to impossible if other medication is already available. Ivermectin could therefore throw a spanner in the works. Shareholders would ask questions. See below the development in official press releases from ivermectin producer Merck.
Merck discourages Ivermectin – timeline. Pay attention to the dates
I have cited these Merck press releases before. Given current events, thanks to the NOS news and ongoing court cases, I repeat them here:
January 25, 2021 6:45 am ETKENILWORTH, NJ – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, today announced that the company is halting development of its SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
Feb. 4, 2021 11:45 a.m. ETKENILWORTH, NJ – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, today confirmed its position regarding the use of ivermectin during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to carefully examine the findings of all available and emerging studies of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 for evidence of efficacy and safety. It is important to note that our analysis to date has shown:
- No scientific basis for a possible therapeutic effect against COVID-19 from preclinical studies;
- No meaningful evidence of clinical activity or clinical efficacy in patients with COVID-19 disease, and;
- A worrying lack of safety data in most studies.
2 March 2021 – Merck/MSD gaat helpen bij de productie van het ‘Leidse vaccin’ van Janssen. Op 2 maart 2021 kondigden we onze samenwerking met Johnson & Johnson (het moederbedrijf van Janssen) aan, waarbij we in de VS productiecapaciteit ter beschikking stellen.
Merck's objections can be questioned:
- There is indeed a scientific basis for a possible effect against Covid-19. Sufficient to justify a large-scale investigation. See for example https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34145166/ (recent study; even at that time there was already an overwhelming amount of signals, see the heading metastudies.
- "No meaningful evidence". This wipes everything off the table: it is not enough to meet the research standards that only the pharmaceutical companies themselves can pay for. That is precisely why there is a need for capital to organize a large study.
- "A worrying lack of safety data" is reason for Merck to discourage a drug of which they have already sold many billions of doses and distributed them for free, with minimal side effects. Less than several worldwide used painkillers for example (see videos by John Campbell).
Dr. Satoshi Ōmura, the discoverer of the Nobel Prize-winning ivermectin, has asked Merck to set up a trial. Merck refused. (More info and interpretation in this message from biznews.com.)
Merck's new Covid pill, Molnupiravir, is admittedly less effective but patented. This also applies to the new Pfizer pill Paxlovid, which has (partly) the same mechanism as ivermectin.
Below are two websites that keep overviews of almost all ivermectin studies. There are also negative studies, for example among ICU patients. These "Late treatment studies" often give a bad picture. It has never been claimed that ivermectin is the panacea that cures the seriously ill. Yet it is tried out that way. The pre-selection of subjects (treated/placebo) is also sometimes problematic.
Dr. John Campbell on Paxlovid vs ivermectin, 22 minutes:
Dr. John Campbell on Molnupiravir vs ivermectin, 29 minutes: