NAFDAC warns against use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19

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NAFDAC Boss Adeyeye

THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned against the use of chloroquine as treatment for COVID-19.

The agency’s Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said Thursday in Abuja that, “nobody should buy chloroquine and use. If you have COVID-19, go to a doctor. We have warned Nigerians and shall do that again. Do not take chloroquine.”

She explained that the delay in approving the use some of drugs for treatment of the  coronavirus disease COVID-19 is because of the clinical trials the agency is carrying out on them.

“So far, no group or individual has proffered any solution to the treatment or management of the pandemic,” she said.

According to the Director General, the Chinese government did a lot of trials on chloroquine before it allowed its use for treatment on some COVID-19 patients.

She noted that, “there is huge difference between clinical trial and actually using a drug. After trial, it another ball game to handle a drug casually.

“It requires guidance, supervision and experiment before approval so that it will not cause further damage.

“The trial is to determine whether it is actually working or not, after a sustained observation. NAFDAC is supposed to be the centre of the regulation of clinical trial effects.

“Nobody can do any job of clinical trial in the clinic or anywhere without passing through NAFDAC protocol.”

The NAFDAC boss said  further that whatever procedure was coming up for the cure or curtailment of COVID-19 must be submitted for trial to the agency for appropriate processing.

The agency, she said, must also ensure that all the procedure used in arriving at their experimental processes for the cure or curtailment of COVID-19 must be submitted with relevant proof.

Advising traditional medical practitioners and researchers to follow the usual protocol before the pushing out their work for public consumption, the D-G said, “if such protocol is found defective or tend to compromise the health of Nigerians, we will not approve it.”

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