Clinical Pharmacists Caution Nigerians on COVID-19 Cure



Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria

Pharmacists under the aegis of Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria, CPAN, have warned Nigerians to be wary of several claims circulating on social media regarding cure for COVID-19, saying chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine is at best a promising drug but not a certified cure.

This is coming few days after a video was released by a Nigerian physician based in the United States, Dr Stella Emmanuel who claimed she has treated about 350 COVID-19 patients with the combination of chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin with only one death, while others have fully recovered.

Dr Emmanuel had claimed that there is already cure for the respiratory infection and queried governments across the globe for watching their citizens’ die of the disease, while there is a cure already.

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In a release sent to Pharmanewsonline,  jointly signed by the National Chairman, Dr Joseph Madu and National Secretary, Dr Bukkie Moteehat Olu-Lawal, the association maintained that while drug regulatory agencies like the NAFDAC, FDA , WHO etc,  saddled with approving medications for safety and effectiveness in the management of ailments have not endorsed  chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine,  as a cure based on any study, it is imperative for the public to be careful about it.

Although the pharmacists explained that their note of caution to Nigerians is not to disparage the regimen, but it becomes imperative to sound an alarm to prevent an unusual fatality from the pandemic.

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“This cautionary statement is not to disqualify chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine  but to protect the general public against misuse of drugs such as chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, zinc, vitamin C and others.

“Chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine and other cocktail of drugs such as those from the Plateau State COVID-19 research team, Lagos State research team, NIPRD, NIMR and many others are  still undergoing clinical trials in Nigeria.

“What Dr Stella Emmanuel and other videos have said is what is referred to as expert opinion in science and is not enough to form conclusions with respect to evidence-based medicine”. The group insisted.

CPAN made up of clinical pharmacists involved in direct patient care at hospital bedsides or clinics, nursing homes, emergency departments or in community pharmacies where they mainly function to prevent, detect, categorize and resolve potential/actual drug therapy problems, urged governments and citizens to continue adhering to preventive protocols as stipulated by the WHO and NCDC.

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They also called on governments at all levels to engage the services of more clinical pharmacists who are trained to advance Pharmaceutical care  at the isolation and COVID-19 treatment centres,  as this is in the best interest of the health seeking populace and in line with global best practices.




  1. As a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and, Disease State and Medication Management Consultant, I endorse CPAN write up in his entirety. Pharmacists, especially those with advance Clinical training (Pharm.Ds) are Pharmacotherapy Healthcare Practioners, are. Healthcare Professionals and Clinicians like any other Clinicians in Patient Care .
    If you really listened to Dr Stella Emmanuel, she said that ” It was a Pharmacist who called her attention to the antiviral properties of both CQ and HCQ”. Go back and listen to it again.
    In the State of Florida, effective July1st, in a “Collaboratory Professional Agreement” Act between Pharmacists and Physicians, Pharmacist can now lawfully and legally perform some clinical functions or Patient care
    Google, Gov. Ron DeSantis Signed Bill passed by Florida Senate. Pharmacy bill (,HB 389).
    CQ and HCQ antimalarial activity is unquestionable, there are many data, peer reviewed, double blinded and random placebo trials to support this.
    However their antiviral activity is was clinicians are contesting ( I advice readers to Google scholar, antiviral, CQ ,HCQ and ncbi…), because most of the studies yet carried out are in vitro, but peer reviewed.
    Let me save the rest for another day, however, my humble self during my Pharm. D. Training at Howard University, Washington DC. in early 2000, submitted my extensive research paper on ” Malaria Chemotherapy….” for my Pharm.D degree besides other requirements towards the award of the degree.
    My humble advice is that Pharmacists should not be allowed to humiliate themselves or this Noble and Life Saving Profession in Social Media
    . Oliver Osadebe Anam Pharm.D.

  2. Good morning, …….
    Trust this meets you well.
    This article does not read well..
    It does not speak well of a Group of Professionals trying to get a message out there…
    It is replete with Repetitions, Omissions and Biases.
    Pharmacists are Scientists with forensic knowledge and with an eye for detail…the article should therefore be retracted as it is mediocre ‘as is’.
    It should be well researched into, re-scripted, reorganized, and represented to the public..

    Thank you.


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