NAFDAC ORDERS MANUFACTURING OF CHLOROQUINE FOR TRIAL TREATMENT OF CORONA VIRUS IN NIGERIA

30/03/20

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DANIELS G. O

TO ARREST WHAT SEEMS LIKE A GEOMETRIC PROGRESSION ON CORONA VIRUS SPREAD IN NIGERIA ,THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOODS DRUGS ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL NAFDAC HAS ORDERED FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF CHLOROQUINE FOR EMERGENCY STOCK FOR POSSIBLE CLINICAL TRIAL TREATMENT OF CORONA VIRUS.

THIS WAS MADE KNOWN IN A PRESS RELEASE MONDAY BY THE AGENCY.

NAFDAC SAID THROUGH HER REGULATORY ACTIVITIES WILL ENSURE THAT CLINICAL TRIAL PROTOCOL GUILD LINES ARE FOLLOWED TO ENSURE THAT THE TEAM OF CLINICAL RESEARCHERS SUCCEED IN STOPPING THE RANGING PANDEMIC.

NAFDAC HAS HOWEVER WARNED THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO DESIST FROM THE USE OF CHLOROQUINE WITHOUT GUIDANCE OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR OR CLINICIANS FOR TRIAL TREATMENT OF COVID-19 DUE TO POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS SUCH AS GASTROINTESTINAL UPSET BLURRED VISION, HEADACHE AND ITCHING.

CHLOROQUINE AN OLD ANTI MALARIA WAS FIRST TESTED IN THE IN VITRO LABORATORY USING STANDARD ASSAYS TO MEASURE THE EFFECTS ON THE CYTO TOXICITY VIRUS YIELD AND INFECTION RATE OF COVID-19.
THE DRUG WAS REPORTED TO FUNCTION AS ANTI VIRAL AT BOTH THE ENTRY AND POST ENTRY STAGES OF COVID-19 INFECTION.

CHLOROQUINE HAS ALSO BEEN REPORTED AS POTENTIAL BROAD SPECTRUM ANTI VIRAL DRUG.

CHLOROQUINE WAS DISCONTINUED IN NIGERIA MANY YEARS AGO FOR USE AS ANTIMALARIAL BECAUSE OF THE RESISTANCE THAT THE PARASITE DEVELOPED AGAINST THE DRUG

AS AT THE TIME OF THIS REPORT, NIGERIA HAS RECORDED 111 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19, WITH ONE DEATH,TWO DISCHARGED WITH LAGOS STATE AS THE EPICENTER OF THE DISEASE

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