What Dr Edsel Salvaña sneeringly derides as "worm medication" is now being explored as a drug that could assist in treating

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)

Zika virus

Dengue virus

Avian influenza A virus

Yellow Fever virus

West Nile virus

Hendra virus

Newcastle virus

Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis virus

Chikungunya virus

Semliki Forest virus

Sindbis virus

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus

Equine herpes type virus

BK polyomavirus

Pseudorabies virus

Porcine Circovirus 2 and

Bovine Herpesvirus 1

and, of course,


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.”

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