May 25, 2021

Dear Editor,

Re: Ivermectin endorsement

Wih reference to the letter published in Malaysiakini (Malaysiakini - LETTER | Use of Ivermectin against Covid-19: Reply to Health DG) by our 10 esteemed colleagues. MAAFIM and its members supported by many other doctors in Malaysia would like to establish that Ivermectin has been in use in many countries with good results in the treatment of COVID-19, especially in prophylaxis. Ivermectin is a medication that is included in the Malaysian drug formulary as an antihelminthic (https://www.mims.com/malaysia/drug/info/ivermectin?mtype=generic) and yet there is resistance to allow the drug for use for its intended purpose or for emergency use for COVID-19 disease.

There is an abundance of research to show its safety, as the drug has been in use for decades. And now many countries or states are adopting Ivermectin despite the advice of world bodies simply because people’s lives matter more. MAAFIM has perused the published data, and additionally kept in close communication with many doctors around the world who have used Ivermectin in the management of COVID-19. The informal feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Hence, there is sufficient evidence to add Ivermectin to the arsenal against Covid-19 disease. If there is a drug that can be used to avoid the COVID-19 disease prophylactically or improve the outcome in treatment with minimal side-effects, and it is cheap to obtain and distribute, then it behoves the appropriate governments including the Malaysian government to expeditiously implement a drug that can thwart the negative outcome of the current pandemic.

Ongoing clinical studies can be done for pharmaceutical approval but in the meantime Ivermectin can be released as under “Emergency Use Authorization”, since there is sufficient data coming from other nations and it could be lifesaving or reduce the morbidity of Covid-19 disease for the Malaysian rakyat.

EXCO
Malaysian Association for the Advancement of Functional and Interdisciplinary Medicine (MAAFIM)

Signed by 136 doctors from MAAFIM and other concerned doctors.


Dr A.Rani a/p A.Arokiasamy
Dr Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Hamid
Dr Abdul Majid Abdullah
Dr Abdul Rasid mohamed Ali
Dr Abdul Wahab Khalid Osman
Dr Abiram A/L T S Ramalingam
Dr Adlina Suleiman
Dr Ahmad Azuwar bin Mohd Adib
Dr Ahmad Hassan Bin Masduki
Dr Ahmad Khalis bin Mohamed Munawar
Dr Aina Othman
Dr Ameen Shaik Bin Sehu Mohamed
Dr Aminah Kassim
Dr Amir Shahmi Bin Md Ali
Dr Anura Gnanasothi Kandasamy
Dr Arifah
Dr Ashok Kumar Vikyomal
Dr Aziz Alsafi
Dr Azlina Ishak
Dr Badrulleasham Ismail
Dr Balachandran A/L sKrishnan
Dr Balasundram Palany
Dr Balbinder Singh
Dr Baljit Singh
Dr Balkis Hanoom
Dr Balwant Singh a/l Partap Singh
Dr Benjamin George
Dr Chia Hong Soong
Dr Chuah Teong Chye
Dr Dalina Abdul Majid
Dr Denesh Sinnathamby
Dr Durairajoo Govindarajoo
Dr Edwin Chang Yoke Poi
Dr Elina binti Mohtar Rasali
Dr Emilia Kasturi
Dr Erman Syah Abdul Hamid
Dr Faizal Bin Rashid
Dr Farhat Afroze binti Ayaz Ahmad
Dr Fatma Hidayati Bt Zakaria
Dr Fauzanah Binti Ishak
Dr Fouziah Hamzah
Dr Gurdial Singh
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Dr Hanif Zuhdi Bin Mahmud Pathi
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Dr Hisham Harun
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