NAFDAC denies approving herbal product for COVID-19 treatment

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Sunday said it has not approved any herbal mixture for the treatment of COVID-19.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency in a statement on Saturday said the information making the rounds on social media is wrong and inaccurate.

“Until a clinical study is done in a scientific manner, no herbal medicine manufacturer can claim effectiveness to treat COVID-19 associated symptoms.

“PAXHERBAL, a pharmaceutical company applied for listing of Pax Herbal Cugzin Capsule 290mg, and was approved by the agency and listed as “Safe to use”

She disclosed that 21 herbal medicinal products are also being processed presently by the agency for “Safe use” or Listing status.

The director-general stressed that no clinical study has been done yet on any of the products to prove their claim of efficacy.

According to her, manufacturers of these products who have applied to the agency claimed that their products are only immune boosters and useful for the relief of symptoms associated with Coronavirus.

“Once the product is able to meet all requirements, a listing status is granted with a clear disclaimer that states clearly that the claims have not been evaluated by NAFDAC.

“The applicant can arrange for clinical trials at this stage that will involve the use of human subjects in order to prove the efficacy of claim for treatment following laid down procedures and with the approval of NAFDAC,” Adeyeye added.

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