The Philippines will be producing the Ivermectin capsules that will be used on clinical trials to be conducted in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Sunday (October 17). 

According to DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila College of Pharmacy has been tapped to make the country’s own dose of the anti-parasitic drug. 

“The Ivermectin capsule will be formulated and compounded by the UP Manila College of Pharmacy for the project,” she shared to Manila Bulletin in a message.

This will remove the need to purchase supplies of the drug, she added 

“Nadesisyunan ng team, yung Ivermectin capsule ay sa UP Manila College of Pharmacy na gagawin. Hindi na kami bibili ng regular na formula kasi gusto namin may sarili kaming dosage,” Guevara told DZBB on Sunday. 

Guevara said the clinical trials of Ivermectin, which aims to test its efficacy, safety, and effect on the viral clearance of COVID-19 patients with asymptomatic and mild symptoms, had to be delayed due to protocol changes.

“Yung project team nag-undergo ng protocol revisions kasi part kami ng international clinical trial, dun sa Ivermectin consortia led by University of Liverpool England. Mayroon silang mga changes na ginawa so kailangan i-approve yan sa FDA,” she explained. 

The global trials will be led by Dr. Andrew Hill of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. 

Study facilities for the clinical trials in the National Capital Region (NCR) have also been chosen and will include the following: 

  • Ateneo Quarantine Facility
  • La Salle Quarantine Facility 
  • University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) 
  • Makati Science High School Quarantine Facility

The trial, which the national government has allocated Php 22 million for, will target 1,464 study participants. 

Dr. Aileen Wang, who will lead the Philippine research team, said they aim to finish patient recruitment this October and release preliminary results by December this year. 

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