Uganda has approved the use of Covidex, a local herbal medicine as a supporting treatment for viral infections, including Covid-19.
COVIDEX, a local herbal medicine, has finally been approved by Uganda’s National Drug Authority (NDA) as a supporting treatment for viral infections including Covid-19.
The development comes a week after attempts were made to halt the distribution of the medicine that Ugandans were rushing for after several positive testimonies about its potency.
National Drug Authority (NDA) Executive Director Mr David Nahamya, while addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday said after various assessment and inspection of the factory manufacturing the herbal medicine, they have approved its use to support treatment of viral infections.
Mr Nahamya announced that “… after engagements, the innovators have removed unsubstantiated claims that the product treats and prevents Covid-19 and revised it to supportive treatment in management of viral infections. NDA has granted Covidex an approval based on initial assessment, published literature and safety studies conducted by the innovator,”
The product has been formulated from herbal plants that have been traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of several diseases.
Mr Nahamya, however stressed that the medicine does not cure Covid-19 but it can supplement the medicine being used by medics to treat coronavirus patients.
The drug authority said it will continue to monitor the safety of Covidex through its post-market surveillance activities.
Mr Nahamya encouraged citizens to “call upon the public to immediately report any side effects from the use of this product to our toll free line 0800101999,”
The drug, made by Mbarara University scientists led by Prof Patrick Ogwang, had generated debate over its efficacy in treating the dreaded Covid-19.
But to further support the efficacy of the drug for other uses, NDA has advised the manufacturer to conduct random controlled clinical trials which are the highest level of evidence to ascertain any claims of treatment.
According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, there is still no proven cure for Covid-19 and all medicines (herbal and pharmaceutical) should be given equal chance,