What Dr Edsel Salvaña sneeringly derides as “worm medication” is now being explored as a drug that could assist in treating:
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
Avian influenza A virus
Yellow Fever virus
West Nile virus
Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis virus
Semliki Forest virus
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus
Equine herpes type virus
Porcine Circovirus 2 and
Bovine Herpesvirus 1
and, of course,
SARS COV 2.
Thank God that the world still has scientists and doctors whose minds are not closed to repurposing drugs whenever possible so that they can be used to save lives rather than simply to improve a pharmaceutical company’s bottom line.
Clearly, it is scientists and doctors like these who deserve Nobel Prizes. In stark contrast are those who call themselves scientists and yet do nothing other than mock the efforts of actual problem-solvers. In the midst of this pandemic, the Philippines cannot afford to waste any more time on doctors on massive ego trips. Real Filipino lives are being lost and our economy is being damaged beyond repair.
In photo: Dr Satoshi Omura, discoverer and co-creator of Ivermectin. Dr Omura and Dr William Campbell won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2015 “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.”