I wrote about ivermectin here and here, describing the anti-parasitic drug and its potential use as an effective treatment of COVID-19. Again, I was blinded by my hope for such a cure; it does not look like it is.
First, one could look at the criticism in “Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines“, but more importantly it turns out there is a high likelihood that the research in ivermectin vs. COVID-19 is even fraudulent:
Well, it is potentially possible that this is some huge error. Perhaps the authors created a spreadsheet that matched their study quite closely that was also made of simulated information for some unknown reason, and then accidentally uploaded that instead of the real information. Maybe when they put the file online they somehow managed to copy-paste a dozen patients 5 times, overwriting the real values in their haste to get their study up.
Perhaps. It does seem quite unlikely, especially given how closely most of the information in this spreadsheet matches the purported results of the study, but it is possible that this was a mistake made by otherwise trustworthy researchers.
On the other hand, there is the very real prospect that parts of or even the entire study is fabricated. We do not know — we may never know for sure — but it is does not seem unlikely given the impossible numbers even within the manuscript itself.
We are also left with a monumental reckoning. It should not take a Masters student/investigative journalist looking at a study to notice that it is potentially fraud. This study was reviewed by dozens of scientists including myself, and while I said it was extremely low quality even I didn’t notice the issues with the data.
It has been more than six months since this study was put online. By all signs, the results of this research have been used to treat thousands, or perhaps even millions, of people across the world. And yet until now no one noticed that most of the introduction is plagiarized?
— Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, “Is Ivermectin for Covid-19 Based on Fraudulent Research?“
Mayerowitz-Katz has a follow-up regarding another paper that looks fraudulent.
I really hoped we had a cheap, effective, and safe treatment for COVID-19 to bridge us over to when everyone has had a chance to be vaccinated.