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NAFDAC considers 21 herbal products for covid-19 treatment

ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI

While the vaccine to cure the novel virus is still unknown. Nigeria Herbal pratictioner discovered series of herbal cure and have been approved by NAFDAC. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, on Saturday, said it was considering 21 herbal products for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms.

In a statement by its Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, “Paxherbal applied for Listing of Pax Herbal Cugzin capsule 290mg, which was approved by NAFDAC and listed as ‘safe to use.’ The applicant claimed that it is an immune booster and an anti-infective.

“However, as part of the labelling of the product, and in line with global practices, a disclaimer is on the product label, which clearly states that the claims have not been evaluated by NAFDAC.

“Therefore, the statements circulating on social media that NAFDAC has approved Paxherbal product specifically for treating symptoms associated with the coronavirus 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. NAFDAC is currently processing 21 herbal medicinal products for ‘safe to use’ or listing status.”

“Many of the applicants claim that their products are immune boosters and anti-infectives useful for the relief of symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19. However, no clinical study has been done yet on any of the products to prove their claim of efficacy.”

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