Government of Uganda through its drug regulatory agency the National Drug Authority (NDA), has finally authorized COVIDEX, a locally made herbal remedy as ‘supportive treatment’ for COVID-19 after days of back and forth engagements between the regulator and its developer, Prof Patrick Ogwang.
While addressing the press at media centre in Kampala, the NDA executive director, Mr David Nahamya noted Tuesday that the decision was reached after various assessment and inspection of the factory manufacturing the herbal medicine.
“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 announced.
However, Mr Nahamya was quick to add that the medicine does not cure Covid-19 but it can supplement the medicine being used by medics to treat Covid-19 patients.
The drug, made by Mbarara University scientists led by Prof Patrick Ogwang, had generated debate over its efficacy in treating the dreaded Covid-19.
“Today; June 29, 2021 National Drug Authority has notified Covidex as a supportive treatment in management of viral infections and can now be accessed in all licensed drug outs. Please avoid self medication & take this and other drugs on the advice of a professional health worker,” NDA tweeted later.