Many people are buying Chloroquine from pharmacies to treat themselves for COVID-19. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has frowned on this, warning Nigerians against taking Chloroquine to treat COVID-19 as it is yet to be approved for that use.
In a press conference last week, the Director-General of NAFDAC mentioned that it is yet to approve Chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 because there is no proof it works and it may cause dangerous side effects in some people. Studies are ongoing.
The Director-General emphasized that the agency is the regulatory body that approves, directs, and supervises all processes involved in drug development, and all studies conducted to test a new drug or therapeutic intervention in Nigeria pass through the administration.