The National Drug Authority (NDA), has warned the general public against the use of herbal products on the market purporting to treat Covid-19.
NDA was responding to the question of whether the herbal medicine identified as “Covidex” produced by Jena Herbal (U) Limited has been approved by the authority for use by Covid-19 patients.
Medicines are only permitted to be sold after a successful approval from NDA, according to the government.
The Covidex medicine has raised a disturbing mix of excitement and safety concerns among members of the public and health experts as the deadly second wave of Covid-19 pushes nationals to search for effective medicines to remain alive.
In a statement, NDA said it is still gathering more information about the acclaimed Covid-19 cure, Covidex, before directing on its usage.
“The National Drug Authority (NDA) has learnt with concern the promotion and sale of Covidex manufactured by Jena Herbals (U) Limited that claims to prevent and treat Covid-19. NDA informs the public that it has not undertaken any assessment or approved Covidex neither has it received any application from the innovators of the Covidex as required by the National Drug Authority Policy and Act Cap 206,” the statement from the authority reads in part.
“NDA has authorised a number of products from Jena Herbals (U) Limited and they are aware of processes with regard to drug development, clinical trials, authorisation, and drug promotion and licensing before production and sale of herbal medicine,” the statement adds.
All manufacturers or innovators of herbal medicine are advised to seek guidance from the authority before production and sell of products.
The authority said it encourages research in herbal medicine and it is always ready to provide guidance to ensure safety, efficacious and quality drugs to the entire population of Uganda.