Yes, Ivermectin is horse medicine. It is also human medicine and medicine for other animals. The Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 2015 was “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” in humans.
Discovered in the late-1970s, the pioneering drug ivermectin, a dihydro derivative of avermectin—originating solely from a single microorganism isolated at the Kitasato Intitute, Tokyo, Japan from Japanese soil—has had an immeasurably beneficial impact in improving the lives and welfare of billions of people throughout the world. Originally introduced as a veterinary drug, it kills a wide range of internal and external parasites in commercial livestock and companion animals. It was quickly discovered to be ideal in combating two of the world’s most devastating and disfiguring diseases which have plagued the world’s poor throughout the tropics for centuries. It is now being used free-of-charge as the sole tool in campaigns to eliminate both diseases globally. It has also been used to successfully overcome several other human diseases and new uses for it are continually being found. This paper looks in depth at the events surrounding ivermectin’s passage from being a huge success in Animal Health into its widespread use in humans, a development which has led many to describe it as a “wonder” drug.
NOTE: Emphasis was added to the above information to highlight it’s use in humans.
In 2015, William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura won The Nobel Prize (Medicine). The Prize motivation was “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”.
- A number of serious infectious diseases are caused by parasites spread by insects.
- River blindness is caused by a tiny worm that can infect the cornea and cause blindness.
- Lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, is also caused by a worm and produces chronic swelling.
- Satoshi Omura cultured bacteria, which produce substances that inhibit the growth of other microorganisms.
- In 1978 he succeeded in culturing a strain from which William Campbell purified a substance, avermectin, which in a chemically modified form, IVERMECTIN, proved effective against river blindness and elephantiasis.
In 2015, William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura won The Nobel Prize (Medicine). The Prize motivation was “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”. The prize was for their work wit