COVID-19: NAFDAC Okays Production of Chloroquine for Clinical Trial

COVID-19: NAFDAC Approves Production Of Chloroquine For Clinical Trial

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday March 20, 2020 gave approval for the production of Chloroquine for clinical trials in tackling COVID-19.

This development was disclosed by the Director-General of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, on Friday at the NAFDAC headquarters in Lagos.

Adeyey, however, stressed that NAFDAC is not approving Chloroquine for the treatment of  COVID-19 but strictly for clinical trials to find possible treatment for the coronavirus.

“In the case of Chloroquine, it has been demonstrated in the literature and with clinical research which is still ongoing, that Chloroquine is superior to the Placebo.

“NAFDAC is not approving Chloroquine as a product that has can be used for Coronavirus because there is no submission to us for registration but because it is under clinical trials, NAFDAC approves medicines meant for clinical trials.

“Therefore the medicine is being approved just for the clinical trials,” She said.

As a first move to conducting a clinical trial, Adeyey called on experts and researchers that are interested in doing a clinical trial on Chloroquine to approach approved outlets, adding that a drug company has been given an approval to produce chloroquine in batches

“Right now, we have asked one company to make a batch of Chloroquine for the purpose of clinical trial,” Adeyeye added.
The NAFDAC DG also urged Nigerians not to use Chloroquine as anti-malaria.

“Nobody should use chloroquine as anti-malaria because of the resistance that has been proven to develop in the past after the use of chloroquine in the population.”


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