Chloroquine not approved for Coronavirus, NCDC warns Nigerians

*Drug for clinical trials to find treatment for COVID-19 ─NAFDAC

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Consequent upon the reported use of the unauthorised medicine to combat COVID-19 pandemic by some consumers, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has insisted that Chloroquine has not been approved as a cure for the Coronavirus disease.

ConsumerConnect gathered the NCDC said this in a tweet via its verified Twitter handle Wednesday, March 25.

It as well warned Nigerian consumers of pharmaceutical products and services against self-medicating with same drug.

The health maintenance Centre said: “Please remember that the use of Chloroquine and its derivatives for the management of Coronavirus disease has NOT been validated and approved.

“Self-medication can cause harm and lead to death. Do not misuse drugs.”

It is recalled that the development has generated controversy as regards whether or not Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, can cure the disease, especially after the United States (US) President Donald Trump, March 19, 2020, stated that it had been approved to treat the new Coronavirus.

President Trump’s announcement was said to be sequel to an encouraging research into Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in France and China.

However, many in the wider scientific community have cautioned that more work is needed to prove that the medicines really work for COVID-19.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stated though antimalarials have not been formally approved as a cure for the Coronavirus, the agency is expanding access so that authorities could gather more data.

According to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, the access being granted falls under what is called “compassionate use.”

In Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the production of Chloroquine for clinical trials.

Despite this, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, noted that NAFDAC is not approving Chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, but for clinical trials to find treatment for the virus in the end.

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