Ugandans have been warned against buying and using the unauthorized Covidex drug, which has been on promotion as a cure for COVID-19.
According to Abiaz Rwamwiti the Public Relations Manager the National Drug Authority (NDA), they have learnt with concern the promotion and sale of Covidex manufactured by Jena Herbals (U) Ltd that claims to prevent and treat COVID-19.
However, NDA says that it has not undertaken any assessment or approved Covidex, neither has it received any application from the innovator of the Covidex as required by National Drug Policy and Act cap 206.
“NDA has authorized a number of products from Jena Herbals (U) Ltd and they are aware of processes with regard to drug development, clinical trials, authorization, drug promotion and licensing before production and sell of herbal medicine. This morning, NDA met with a team from Jena Herbals (VU) Ltd led by Prof. Patrick Ogwang and have agreed to follow the necessary processes as per NDA Act cap 206” Rwamwiti said.
In a statement after the meeting, Rwamwiti said that manufacturers /innovators of herbal medicines are advised to seek guidance from NDA before production and sale of their products.
Adding that NDA encourages research in herbal medicines and is always ready to provide guidance to ensure safe, efficacious and quality drugs to entire population of Uganda.
“The public is warmed against use of products on the market that are not authorized by NDA purporting to treat covid-19. The public is also advised to follow Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines and SOPs and always seek treatment from licensed heath facilities” he added.
To avoid getting or spreading covid-19, NDA reminded the public to always wear masks, wash hands with soap and water or sanitize and maintain social distancing.