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Drug commonly used by farmers could be 'a wonderful second plan B' to battle virus


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Visionary: Nobel Prize winner Professor William Campbell worked on the development of the drug

Visionary: Nobel Prize winner Professor William Campbell worked on the development of the drug

Visionary: Nobel Prize winner Professor William Campbell worked on the development of the drug

A wonder drug which a Donegal scientist was instrumental in developing will undergo a clinical trial to see how effective it is in the battle against Covid-19.

Ivermectin is commonly used by farmers to treat roundworm in cattle and sheep, but it is also used in the treatment of parasitic infections in humans, for example in the treatment of head lice.

Professor William Campbell (89), originally from Ramelton, in Co Donegal, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 2015 for his work in the development of the drug.