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The Madagascar COVID-19 Herbal medicine has finally arrived in Nigeria yesterday a NAFDAC has promised to run a fast laboratory examination of the herbal drug to help fight against the coronavirus.

The Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said the drug will be subjected to the normal analysis procedures but the whole process will be fast-tracked.

Dr. Abubakar Jimoh who spoke on behalf of the agency’s Director-General said that the organization would prioritize the laboratory examination of the product once it’s received from the authorities.

He said:

“When the drug arrives, it will go to the Minister of Health who will in turn hand it over to NAFDAC through the PTF. It is after that we would start our laboratory examination. It will be subjected to the normal procedure.

“We would expedite action on this because everyone is anxiously waiting for the result. We would speed it up but it will still have to go through the normal laboratory analysis and medical evaluation.

“Unlike the orthodox medicine, with the herbal medicine, it is given linctus status, it is not given full registration and that means it has a life span of two years, unlike normal drug that has a life span of five years.

“So, this is what will be applicable to the Madagascar drug. We would ensure that the claims being made are true.”

When asked how long it could take for the laboratory examination to be concluded, he said the normal procedure was three months but that given the situation at hand, the process would be prioritized without compromising the efficiency of the process.

He said:

“The normal mandatory procedure is three months but under this emergency, we would give it a top priority to come out with urgent results. In the process of the evaluation, if NAFDAC needs to get in touch with the manufacturers we will. It all depends on the analysis in the lab.

“This kind of drug does not go through a clinical trial at this stage; it is only when it wants to go through registration that it will be subjected to clinical trial. We are only going to determine its safety and efficacy now.”

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