Recruitment of 1,464 Ivermectin trial participants to start in November

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10/23/2021 8:00:00 AM

Recruitment of 1,464 Ivermectin trial participants to start in November

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Saturday, Oct. 23, said the recruitment of over 1,400 participants for the eight month-long clinical Ivermectin clinical trials is expected to start in November, and that the initial results of the study may be out by end of December this year.

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Ivermectin pills (Photo courtesy of IndiaMart via PNA)DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development (R&D) Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara said the project team’s “pre-clinical trial activities” were ongoing and that the sites for the clinical trials have already been identified in Metro Manila.

“Ang ating patient recruitment ngayong Nobyembre at ang release ng preliminary results ay sa end po ng December 2021 (Our patient recruitment is expected this November and the release of preliminary results is at the end of December 2021),” she said during the Laging Handa briefing on Saturday.

The project team, led by Dr. Aileen Wang of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is targeting to recruit 1,646 participants for the “double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized controlled trial”, she noted.The DOST official said volunteers may be recruited in Cagayan Valley and Davao should the project team fail to secure the needed number of participants.

Guevara said Wang’s team partnered with the UP Manila College of Pharmacy for the development of the local Ivermectin capsules that will be used for the clinical trials. Read more: Manila Bulletin News »

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