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US Fact check: Claim that ivermectin causes male sterility is based on deeply flawed study

02:30  16 september  2021
02:30  16 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim that Ivermectin caused infertility in rats is based on findings published in a questionable study hosted online by the Archives of Applied Science Research. According to the publication tracking service Publons, Archives of Applied Science Research is a “peer reviewed, open access journal” published by an institution known as Scholars Research Library — but as of this writing, the organization’s social media account had been suspended by Twitter for violating the platform’s rules. Top Fact Checks . Does Ivermectin Cause Sterility in Men?

Ivermectin tablets are used to treat conditions caused by parasitic worms in humans, such as A Facebook post shared a repeated claim that 85% of men who take ivermectin become sterile . We rate the infertility claim False. This fact check was originally published by PolitiFact Americans can’t tell the difference between fact and factoid and assign political labels to news outlets based on

The claim: Ivermectin causes sterilization in 85% of men

Many vaccine opponents have touted unproven cures for COVID-19 such as ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug health officials warn can result in dangerous symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea, low blood pressure and even death.

But online, some people claim there is another side effect of the drug that people should be concerned about: male infertility.

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“Ivermectin causes sterilization in 85 percent of men, study finds,” reads the headline of an article, which was shared as a screenshot to Facebook on Sept. 9. The post accumulated more than 1,200 reactions within less than a week.

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The fact of the matter is that while ivermectin is, in fact , used in animals, it is also approved for use in humans. The only reason that many people are having to take the animal version these days is because the governing authorities have made it next to impossible to obtain a prescription for human ivermectin , while animal ivermectin is freely available in feed stores and online. STUDY : Pfizer vaccine causes catastrophic damage to every system of your body - NaturalNews.com. RESEARCH: Dandelion leaf extract blocks spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptor - NaturalNews.com.

Your anaconda definitely wants some. Fun fact : we deliver faster than Amazon. One study purportedly found that 85% of men who were given the anti- parasitic were sterile following the research period. By Madison Dapcevich Published 8 September 2021 Updated 10 September 2021 USP Image via Soumyabrata via Getty Images.

Throughout that week, similar versions of the claim made their way to Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and news reports. On Sept. 7, there was a spike in searches for "ivermectin infertility," according to Google Trends data.

The screenshot showed a Sept. 8 article from KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas, which was taken down the next day. A note left in its place said it was removed due to "concerns over the scientific research methods, the veracity of the original, peer-reviewed report and public statements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saying that infertility is not a known side effect of Ivermectin."

Indeed, the claim that ivermectin causes infertility in men is based on one study conducted more than a decade ago that used flawed methodologies and was published in a questionable journal, according to experts who spoke with USA TODAY.

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The studies on the drug are nothing short of astounding - more effective than any drug or intervention previously studied . Yet YouTube felt justified in banning videos of congress testimony about the drug, Twitter has blocked links to a peer-reviewed medical journal that had the audacity to publish a study on the drug and the There was an article on rappler.com - I am not familiar with this website but it looks like it is based in the Philippines - which was published on March 17th, four days ago from the time of recording this show, and the FDA have come out and said that only animals can take Ivermectin .

Ivermectin is safe for human use when prescribed and dosed by a health-care professional to treat parasitic infections. Dosage is based on the patient's weight, medical conditions and response to the drug. The form of the drug used on humans won the Nobel Prize, has improved the health of millions Some early studies appeared to show promise for its use as an anti-viral as well as an anti-parasitic — with hope that further study could prove it inhibits the growth of the novel coronavirus in human cells and improve patient outcomes. Those results have not panned out in larger, higher quality studies

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The social media users did not respond to a request for comment.

Flawed 2011 study

The claim that ivermectin causes infertility traces back to a flawed 2011 Nigerian study, in which researchers analyzed 37 men with onchocerciasis. The illness, also known as river blindness, was caused by a parasitic worm and treated with ivermectin.

Notably, the study itself, does not actually include the 85% figure. The 2011 study claims that number came from a separate 2002 report from the Journal of Biomedical Investigation and lists it in the references. USA TODAY could not locate the 2002 paper online.

In any case, experts say the Nigerian study supports no such conclusion.

The study, titled, “Effects of Ivermectin therapy on the sperm functions of Nigerian onchocerciasis patients,” appears in the Scholars Research Library in the Journal Archives of Applied Science Research, which has had its Twitter account suspended.

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There have been some human studies for efficacy, but all I can find out is that a preliminary read showed no reduction of viral load in the infected patients, and there seems to have been no update. But since denguevirus is also a single-strand positive-sense RNA virus, Ivermectin has come up as a possible coronavirus drug, mechanism or not. Update: as per the comments, there’s work showing that Ivermectin apparently inhibits the actual of a different class of viruses based on inhibition of protein import into the nucleus.

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Per IFL Science, the journal "bears some hallmarks of a 'predatory journal,'" which will publish anything that is submitted for a fee and makes it easier to get around the reviewing process. Because these sites don't rely on a paywall for income, they typically ask researchers to pay a publication fee.

After studying the 37 men who were treated with ivermectin for 11 months, researchers of the study concluded there was a “significant reduction in the sperm counts and sperm motility of the patients tested.”

However, Dr. Amin Herati, a urologist and the director of Male Infertility and Men’s Health at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said a reduction in concentration, motility and morphology does not always translate to lower fertility potential or sterilization.

"The study from 2011 has many limitations that make the results extremely difficult to generalize to other patients taking ivermectin," Herati said via email. "The absence of a control group is a significant one since the inflammatory response to the parasitic infection could put stress on the reproductive system, causing impaired semen parameters."

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To generalize the results, Herati said more study would need to be done that was in line with the World Health Organization Laboratory Manual guidelines for examining and processing sperm. Those guidelines weren't followed in the Nigerian study.

Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford University, said while the intent of the study is "laudable," the results don't support the 85% claim.

"The WHO publishes a reference range for semen quality to determine what is average semen quality and what numbers are adequate for pregnancy," Eisenberg said. "Based on those numbers, very few men had any clinically significant changes in their semen quality after treatment in any parameter."

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, an epidemiologist at Australia’s University of Wollongong, highlighted other issues with the study in a Twitter thread, such as how 90% of participants were excluded from the study prior to taking ivermectin due to low sperm count.

USA TODAY reached out to authors of the study, the Scholars Research Library and the Journal Archives of Applied Science Research for additional comment.

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FDA on ivermectin

Infertility in men is not listed as a side effect in the labeling of ivermectin, which states that the drug had no adverse effects on fertility in rats in studies at repeated doses of up to three times the maximum recommended human dose, according to Chanapa Tantibanchachai, a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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"However, The FDA continues to monitor reports of all adverse events with ivermectin and will update the public as more information becomes available," Tantibanchachai said via email.

The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel say ivermectin is not an authorized or approved treatment for preventing or treating COVID-19.

USA TODAY has previously debunked claims that ivermectin is an effective treatment for the virus.

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Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that ivermectin causes sterilization in 85% of men. The claim is based on a 2011 Nigerian study, which had no control group, a small sample size and other methodological issues. Experts told USA TODAY the study should not be used to make a generalized conclusion, and the parasitic illness being treated with ivermectin could have contributed to the changes in semen quality.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Archives of Applied Science Research, 2011, Effects of Ivermectin therapy on the sperm functions of Nigerian onchocerciasis patients
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed Sept. 13, Parasites - Onchocerciasis (also known as River Blindness)
  • Scholars Research Library, accessed Sept. 13, Welcome to Scholars Research Library
  • Scholars Research Library, accessed Sept. 13, Archives of Applied Science Research
  • @Applied37770859, accessed Sept. 13, Twitter page
  • IFL Science, Sept. 9, Fact Check: Does ivermectin Cause Sterilization in 85 Percent of Men?
  • Nature.com, Dec. 11, 2019, Predatory journals: no definition, no defence
  • Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Jan. 23, 2007, Limitations are not properly acknowledged  in the scientific literature
  • Associated Press, Sept. 10, Male sterility not a known side effect of ivermectin
  • Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, Sept. 8, Tweet
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accessed Sept. 13, Ivermectin label
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accessed Sept. 13, Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
  • National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines, Feb. 11, Ivermectin
  • USA TODAY, Aug. 13, Fact check: Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for COVID-19
  • Chanapa Tantibanchachai, Sept. 13, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • Michael Eisenberg, Sept. 14, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • World Health Organization, July 27, WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen
  • Amin Herati, Sept. 15, Email exchange and phone call with USA TODAY
  • KTSM  web archive, Sept. 8, Ivermectin causes sterilization in 85 percent of men, study finds

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