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Delhi High Court directs NCDC to file report within 2 weeks on use of medication for prevention of Covid, treatment

Amicus Curiae Rajshekhar Rao gave an example by citing the use of IVERMECTIN as one of the medicines for COVID19 disease, by several medical practitioners as a preventive drug. The ICMR and the WHO have taken a stand that there is not sufficient data available to positively State whether the said medicine works as a preventive, or even for treatment of COVID19.

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The Delhi High Court has directed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to file its status report within 2 weeks on the steps taken to conduct a study with regard to the use of medications that have been used for preventing and treatment of COVID19. 

The order was passed by the division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh. 

The Court’s directions came after it was informed by Amicus Curiae Rajshekhar Rao that there is a need to study the effectiveness of several medications prescribed and administered by the practising doctor, and on that basis to determine the effectiveness of one, or the other, medicine. 

He gave an example to the Court by citing the use of IVERMECTIN as one of the medicines for COVID19 disease, by several medical practitioners who claimed it to be effective as a preventive drug. He said, the ICMR and the WHO has taken a stand that there is not sufficient data available to positively State whether the said medicine works as a preventive, or even for treatment of COVID19. 

“It is essential that the concerned institutions of the Union of India undertake the exercise of compiling, and analysing the data with regard to the use of medications which have been used for preventing and treatment of COVID19 and on that basis to come out with their reports,” he submitted before the Court. 

Further, he apprised the Court that the National Centre for Disease Control has a role to play in this regard, and shared the mandate of the NCDC with the Court. 

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After perusing the said mandate the Court has noted that it is primarily for the NCDC to conduct the exercise and place shall place its report before the court. “The NCDC shall file a status report with regard to the steps taken to conduct of such a study within the next 2 weeks,” said the Delhi High Court while issuing notice to it. 

The Delhi High Court was hearing the batch of pleas concerning the COVID19 situation in the National Capital City Delhi, which had become worsen during the previous months when the City hospitals were struggling to get Liquid oxygen, life-saving drugs and other essential medical equipment.

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