The National Agency for Food and Drug, Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has listed Paxherbal’s Cugzin as a safe to use immune booster.
The Director General, NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye in a statement sent to Pharmanewsonline said the product is one of the 21 herbal medicinal products for “Safe to use” or Listing status being evaluated by the agency.
“ Many of the applicants claim that their products are immune boosters and anti-infectives useful for relief of symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19.
“However, no clinical study has been done yet on any of the products to prove their claim of efficacy”, she stated.
She said: “Listing status involves the review of the composition of the formulation, the labelling of the product, the process of manufacture and “Safe to use” testing”.
The NAFDAC boss explained that once the product is able to meet all requirements, a listing status is granted with a clear DISCLAIMER that states clearly that claims have not been evaluated by NAFDAC.
She stressed that the applicant can arrange for clinical trials that will involve use of human subjects in order to prove efficacy or claim for treatment following laid down procedures and with the approval of NAFDAC.
Prof. Adeyeye categorically stated that Listing of a herbal product is not a requirement for the conduct of clinical trials.
She noted that most of the applicants that submitted herbal medicines that are currently undergoing processing have been issued compliance directives to provide additional information or/and evidence of Good Manufacturing Practice or environment fit for production of the medicines.
Expressing his delight on the new status of his product, Fr Anslem Adodo, the Paxherbal founder said :”We at Paxherbals are happy to confirm that our CVD PLUS, which has been renamed CUGZIN, has been issued a NAFDAC number, as ‘an immune booster and anti-infective”.
The Ewu Monk however made the record straight on the status of the local medicine, saying there is no approved drug for COVID-19 yet, as their Cugzin is only an immunomodulatory, which aids the body resist infections.
He also warned his fans to the weary of misleading information on social media about the status of the Cugzin, adding that the organisation will supply them authentic information in due course.
“We are aware that there is a lot of anxiety in the land and people are hungry for any reliable immune booster as prevention. PAXHERBAL CUGZIN will help to boost body immunity, as there is yet no approved drug for the cure of COVID-19” he maintained.