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KRMC responds to ivermectin inquiries

a medical professional in scrubs with a surgical mask and gloves touches an IV bag in a hospital room
December 23, 2021

Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) has received multiple inquiries regarding the use of antiparasitic drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19. 

KRMC’s Clinical Pathways Committee, comprised of numerous medical professionals, does not support the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. 

The committee includes ICU physicians, hospitalists, pathologists, pharmacists, nursing staff, and respiratory therapists, who meet weekly to review the hospital’s protocols surrounding the treatment of COVID-19. The latest scientific data inform these protocols.

Various medical associations and regulatory groups recommend against the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 in inpatient or outpatient settings. These groups include: 
•    Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
•    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
•    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•    World Health Organization (WHO)
•    American Medical Association (AMA)
•    American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
•    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

The drug’s manufacturer, Merck, does not recommend the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19, citing a lack of both safety data and evidence of clinical benefit.

KRMC relies on a range of medications to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Depending on the patient’s condition, these may include:
•    Remdesivir
•    Tocilizumab
•    Corticosteroids
•    Anticoagulant drugs

KRMC also uses monoclonal antibody therapy on an outpatient basis to treat COVID-positive individuals within ten days of symptom onset. 

KRMC is committed to providing advanced, evidence-based medical care to its patients. KRMC’s Clinical Pathways Committee will continue to review the latest scientific developments in the treatment of COVID-19.  


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