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SA Pharmacy Medicines Information Service (COVID-19)


Your Questions, Our Responses

Medicines Information has received a number of COVID-19 related medicine enquiries. To facilitate knowledge sharing we are publishing our responses online. 

We will continually update this section with questions that are of relevance to healthcare professionals. 

Key Points:
> The Australian Government Department of Health has released a COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
> The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has issued a statement regarding COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women.

The following international professional bodies have issued statements about the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy and breastfeeding:
> American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
> Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)
> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
> Infant Risk Center
> Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)
> Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
> Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)

For further information contact SA Pharmacy Medicines Information.

Information is limited to a single article published as a pre-proof on 3/4/20 (see below).
Caly L, Druce JD, Catton MG, Jans DA, Wagstaff KM. The FDA-approved Drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. Antiviral Research. 2020 Apr 3:104787.

Key Points:
> Ivermectin has been proposed as a treatment against SARS-CoV-2 through inhibition of nuclear transport activity.
> The investigators successfully demonstrated this inhibition in vitro.
> Currently, there is no evidence of its efficacy in humans or dosing for SARS-CoV-2.