Ivermectin

Herman van de Westhuizen died two weeks after his application for Ivermectin was not approved. He had been battling the virus for four weeks and waiting for the Ivermectin for two.

Like the families of Judith Smentkiewicz and Glenna Dickinson, Herman’s family also found a physician willing to prescribe the Ivermectin. They had to first get the drug approved under the compassionate use exception in South Africa, which had been promised “within 24 hours.”

Dr. Naseeba Kathrada wrote the prescription and assisted with the Section 21 application. Then the waiting period began. The virus ravaged Westhuizen’s lungs as his application stalled. His family watched helplessly as the pandemic claimed another life.

Tanya Johnson lost her father, Herman van de Westhuizen, on January 31, 2021, to COVID-19, just two weeks after the Ivermectin was prescribed, and two weeks after the application to SAHPRA was made.

Johnson told a reporter, “I can’t say that he died because we couldn’t get the Ivermectin, but they should have just given us the chance. We went through all the right channels, and I didn’t go and buy Ivermectin on the black market.”

She summarized the Ivermectin situation in South Africa, “It’s like, no matter how much money you have, it just doesn’t seem to matter. If they don’t want to respond to you, you’ve got no power over it. There’s nothing you can do.”

Ivermectin continues to be an unregistered product, according to SAHPRA, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, their version of our FDA. However, doctors there can apply to access the drug if they submit a proper application.

In January, after mounting pressure from medical doctors, SAHPRA approved Ivermectin in a controlled, compassionate use program that required completion of a Section 21 application.

When asked if she would file another Section 21 application if another family member were to contract COVID-19, Johnson said, “I would rather buy it on the black market than try to go through that again.”

She has taken legal action against SAHPRA and the Minister of Health in a case filed before the Pretoria High Court. 

South Africa’s obstacles to Ivermectin access seem remarkably similar to those in America.  

The family of Judith Smentkiewicz had to deal with her hospital’s refusal to honor a valid prescription for the drug. Her story made national news when her son hired a lawyer and took Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital to court where a judge issued an order compelling the hospital to follow her doctor’s advice to administer the Ivermectin.

It turned out to be lifesaving. Judith had been in intensive care, on a ventilator, and appeared to be on her deathbed. Her family was warned she had only a 20 percent chance of survival. Within 48 hours of the first Ivermectin dose, she was off the ventilator, breathing on her own, and discharged from the ICU. Her attorneys, Ralph C. Lorigo and Jon F. Minear, have been credited with saving her life. Others have given credit to New York Supreme Court Judge Henry J. Nowak, who ruled against the hospital. 

In the Citizens Voice on February 1, 2021, Joseph Dupont wrote, “The judge once again saved this woman’s life. After all, we can’t hinder high body counts to give comfort and hope to us citizens. We must be coerced to take relatively untested vaccines rushed to the market.”

Judith is now back at home and recovered from her ordeal with COVID-19 and the court battle. She told reporters that she had no memory of the events. “I had no idea that any of this was going on,” she told the Buffalo News. “My son and daughter didn’t tell me the whole story until I got home.”

She recalls being taken to the hospital in an ambulance and being placed on a stretcher in a hallway. “I know they put me on the ventilator that day, but I don’t remember a single thing that happened until January 4th when I was taken off the ventilator.”

In a second similar case, Glenna Dickinson's family also won a court order compelling the hospital to administer the Ivermectin, with similar improvement. Dr. Pierre Kory and Dr. Jean-Jacques Rajter spoke before the US Senate in December, imploring the NIH to review the mountains of emerging data, all showing the beneficial effects of Ivermectin against the virus.

This resulted in the NIH upgrading their guidance on the drug. 

Other countries around the world have also recognized the benefits of the drug. Ivermectin is now approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Macedonia. It is widely used in South America. Dr. Andrew Hill and Dr. Tess Lawrie believe it may soon receive WHO approval.

However, there has been a move to suppress its use in the United States. It is rarely mentioned positively in the mainstream press, and many have accused the social media of censoring anything to do with repurposed drugs. Recently YouTube took down a video of Dr. Kory’s Senate Testimony about Ivermectin. 

In South Africa, similar to the US, hospitalized patients cannot receive the treatment, despite a physician’s order, unless they take the issue to court.

A group of 50 physicians has joined Tanya Johnson in the legal action against SAHPRA and their Health Minister. The group wrote in court papers that many of its members want to use Ivermectin themselves as a prophylactic and obtain it from a reputable and recognized supplier. 

In a recent court ruling, the North Gauteng High Court issued an order to enable doctors to start treatment immediately along with the submission of the Section 21 application. Sadly, the ruling was not in time for Herman van de Westhuizen.

Dr. Naseeba Kathrada led the charge for early outpatient treatment of COVID-19 in South Africa and has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in this regard.   This has been remarkably similar to the movement started by Dr. George Fareed in the United States when he penned a similar open letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci on August 11, 2021. Fareed’s full letter is reprinted in the book Surviving Cancer, COVID-19, and Disease: The Repurposed Drug Revolution. 

Dr. Fareed and his associate, Dr. Brian Tyson, made national news about their success using the early outpatient treatment. Dr. Fareed’s letter sparked a Congressional Inquiry that led to two Senate Hearings and the beginning of widespread awareness of early outpatient treatment. 

Tragically this awareness has not translated into widespread availability resulting in hundreds of thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths. Dr. Fareed and his group of 56 highly respected academic physicians published their peer-reviewed article on the early outpatient treatment protocol in a special issue of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine: https://rcm.imrpress.com/EN/10.31083/j.rcm.2020.04.264 

And most unfortunately, Dr. Fauci has not yet responded to Dr. Fareed’s open letter despite being provided with a copy of it delivered by the Senate liaison to the NIH. Dr. Fareed and Dr. Tyson were recently featured in an interview in which they described their Early Outpatient Treatment model and their record of successfully treating 5,000 COVID-19 patients with only two deaths. https://youtu.be/6o4chAS1N9M

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