COVID-19: NAFDAC orders production of chloroquine for clinical trials

COVID-19: NAFDAC orders production of chloroquine for clinical trials

- NAFDAC has given its approval for the production of Chloroquine to begin clinical trial treatment for coronavirus

- The agency's boss, Mojisola Adeyeye, revealed this on Monday, March 30

- Adeyeye said that other countries that recently used the pill for the same purpose have testified of its effectiveness

For the purpose of the clinical trial treatment of coronavirus, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the production of chloroquine.

The director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday, March 30, said that the health agency took the decision following the use of the anti-malarial pill in many other countries, Channels TV reports.

Adeyeye revealed that nations like the United States (US) and France which have applied chloroquine for the clinical trial treatment of the disease have given testimonies of its effectiveness.

She pointed out that the use of the drug in Nigeria will begin from Lagos state to evaluate the efficacy.

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However, NAFDAC's boss warned Nigerians to refrain from abusing the drug, adding that it has gastrointestinal upset, blurred vision, headache and itching as some of its side-effects.

Meanwhile, reported that the United States of America (USA) had approved the anti-malarial drug chloroquine for use as a treatment against the new coronavirus.

President Donald Trump in a press briefing on Thursday, March 19, said the Food and Drug Administration approved chloroquine for use as coronavirus treatment.

Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, there are reports that the drug has proved effective in the treatment of coronavirus.

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Trump also said that other antiviral pills will be fast-tracked for FDA approval.

Moreover, reported that some Nigerians had been hospitalised for chloroquine poisoning after resorting to self-treatment based on the declaration by Trump that chloroquine could be used to treat persons infected with the coronavirus.

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About 20 Nigerians who reside in Lagos are currently hospitalised in various hospitals in the state after taking an overuse of the anti-malarial drug, Leadership reports.

The newspaper stated one of the cases includes a family of five who were hospitalised in the intensive care unit of a private hospital as a result of chloroquine poisoning.

A doctor in the hospital who does not want to be named disclosed that some people were rushed to the hospital on an emergency after taking chloroquine without prescription.

He said people who had not tested positive to the coronavirus were taking the anti-malaria treatment based on an unconfirmed rumour that chloroquine can cure COVID-19. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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