South Africa OKs limited use of parasite drug for COVID-19
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is allowing the limited use of a tropical disease medicine to treat COVID-19. The regulators acknowledge there’s not enough evidence that the drug works or is safe for COVID-19 patients. But the agency said the drug is being used anyway and it took the action to control use of the drug with monitoring. The drug has long been used elsewhere for parasites, but is only approved for animals in South Africa. Interest in the drug grew when a report suggested it might inhibit the coronavirus in a lab dish. But large, definitive experiments have not been done to establish whether it’s safe or effective for COVID-19.