NAPPSA warns against illegal drugs, treatment options

Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in America (NAPPSA) has warned that the dire consequences of COVID-19 in Nigeria may take a more frightening turn if the country does not join the global effort to curtail the trend. 

The association, however, expressed concerns over the amount of misinformation on the disease, and the activities of some unscrupulous companies/people taking advantage of the pandemic to market illegal prevention and treatment options. 

The fears allayed by the association comprising over 7, 000 pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmaceutical educators of Nigerian origin living in the United States and Canada, were contained in a statement, entitled: ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Update’, signed by the president, Dr. Anthony Ikeme, and secretary, Dr. Aloysius Ibe, made available to The Guardian yesterday.

NAPPSA said the warning became necessary considering that healthcare professionals promoted some of the fraudulent COVID-19 products and misinformation. 

“It is extremely important for everyone to know that some people and companies are trying to profit from this pandemic by selling unproven and illegally marketed products that make false claims, such as being effective against the coronavirus,” the association said.

According to the association, fraudulent COVID-19 products can come in many varieties, including dietary supplements and other foods, as well as products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices, or vaccines. 
   

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