Fact Check: ICMR has NOT issued any fresh prescription on use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment

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A COVID-19 prescription is doing rounds on social media claiming that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued new guidelines on COVID-19 medication.
The Facebook caption read, ‘New guidelines of ICMR for C-19 released on 6th Aug
For prophylaxis
On Day 1, Day 7 & Day 30
2 hrs after dinner.
Followed by Every 30 days 1 tab of 12mg till pandemic is over.
To be taken by all high-risk people & frontline health workers. It reduces severity of disease & fatality in 80-90%. For +ve asymptomatic & with mild symptoms
Tab IVERMECTIN 12 mg for 3 days along with
Doxycycline (100) twice for 5 days.

A similar post was found on Twitter as well.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.
Since the viral post claimed that the guidelines were released on August 6, 2020, we searched the official website of ICMR. However, we could not find any circular related to COVID-19 prescription on ICMR dated August 6, 2020.

For further confirmation, we reached Rajni Kant, Head of Policy Planning, ICMR, and he confirmed to NewsMobile that no prescription on COVID-19 has been issued by ICMR.
On digging further, with the help of keywords search, we found an article on The Times of India dated August 8, 2020, claiming that Uttar Pradesh government has approved the use of Ivermectin as new medication for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.

We found another tweet by news agency ANI claiming that UP Government recommends ‘Ivermectin’ tablet for the treatment of Asymptomatic to mild symptomatic COVID patients.

Hence, with the help of above information, it has been proved that ICMR has not issued any fresh guidelines prescribing Ivermectin tablets for COVID-19 patients. Don’t fall for false and misleading claims.

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