Ivermectin, the latest supposed treatment for COVID-19 being touted by anti-vaccination groups, had “no effect whatsoever” on the disease, according to a large patient study.

That’s the conclusion of the Together Trial, which has subjected several purported nonvaccine treatments for COVID-19 to carefully designed clinical testing. The trial is supervised by McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and conducted in Brazil.

These are the opening two paragraphs of Michael Hiltzik, “Major study of Ivermectin, the anti-vaccine crowd’s latest COVID drug, finds ‘no effect whatsoever’,” Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2021.

This is good reporting but shoddy writing. I’m sure he’s right that ivermectin is “being touted by anti-vaccination groups.” Something he leaves out is that it’s also touted by some pro-vaccination people who want treatments for people who, whether or not they are vaccinated, get Covid.

He also writes:

The findings on Ivermectin are yet another blow for advocates promoting the drug as a magic bullet against COVID-19.

True, if the results hold up. They’re also a blow for advocates who promise the drug as an effective treatment against COVID-19 even if not close to “a silver bullet.”

Hiltzik also writes:

The study’s results on Ivermectin haven’t been formally published or peer-reviewed.

As I said, it’s good reporting.

UPDATE: Notice the comment by Charley Hooper below.