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An in vivo evaluation of induction of abnormal sperm morphology by ivermectin MSD (Mectizan).
The Task Force also worked to increase access to Mectizan, a preventive medicine for onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness.
In 1987, big pharma represented by Merck and Co., Inc., decided to give their drug Mectizan (Ivermectin) to strengthen the programme.
Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced an expansion of the MECTIZAN Donation Program (MDP) to reach up to an additional 100 million people per year through 2025 as part of the global effort to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF).
The Fund is supported by in-kind contributions from GlaxoSmithKline plc, which will donate albendazole treatments over the next ten years to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and deworm school-age children in target countries, and MSD, which will donate ivermectin to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and river blindness through the Mectizan Donation Program, with co-investments from the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
It will be administered through the MECTIZAN Donation Program (MDP), a public/private partnership.
One of the main factors contributing to the increase was in-kind gifts of Mectizan tablets, a medication used to treat river blindness.
(51-56) These included the following: (i) Establishment of a standard protocol for diagnosis for LF; (ii) Vector control; (iii) Community directed distribution of long lasting insecticide treated bed-net (LLN) and Mectizan (Mass chemotherapy)/health education; (iv) Integrated control policy (onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and LF); and (v) Establishment of policy monitoring/evaluation (feedback mechanism)/with training and capacity building.
"The Mectizan Donation Program: 20 Years of Successful Collaboration--a Retrospective." Annals in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 102 (Suppl.
It commemorates the 2 5th anniversary of Merck's Mectizan Donation Program which started in 1987--the longest-running initiative and public-private partnership of its kind--to treat millions in African and South American countries who suffered from the parasitic disease river blindness.
Colombia is the first country to achieve the milestone through the use of Mectizan, which eliminates disease transmission.
Once the baseline studies were carried out, the National Onchocerciasis Elimination Program, lead by the National Institute of Health of Colombia, with technical and financial support from the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), began the mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin (Mectizan*) donated by Merck through the Mectizan Donation Program.
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