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40 herbal medicines undergoing review as possible Coronavirus cure – NAFDAC DG

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National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has disclosed that 40 herbal drugs are currently undergoing a review as possible Coronavirus cure.

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Adeyeye who disclosed that the herbal drugs are undergoing review to ensure their safety for use, averred that if the herbal drugs are not properly reviewed it could kill fast.

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She noted that there is still no cure for Coronavirus and also warned against claims affirming such.

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The NAFDAC DG said;

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“In March 2019, we inaugurated the Nigerian Herbal Medicine Product Committee (HMPC) to bridge the gap often created between traditional medicine practitioners and researchers.

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“COVID-19 pandemic created an opportunity and we have been encouraging traditional medicine practitioners to submit their herbal formulations for evaluation.

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“We also developed guidelines on how to register herbal medicine online and the labelling of the product.

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“Prof. Maurice Iwu’s application for approval of a herbal medicine for management of COVID-19, is also part of the 40 applications we are reviewing for safety.

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“We use animal for safety test to ensure the formulation will not kill anybody.

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

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“I believe that Nigeria’s herbal medicines may be able to cure COVID-19.

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“They have a lot of potential and it is time to translate research of herbs into products of proven safety and efficacy, for the benefit of our people.”

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