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COVID-19: ACPN warns against unwholesome consumption of Chloroquine

Anthony Iwuoma

The National Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Samuel Adekola, has warned Nigerians against unwholesome consumption of Chloroquine and similar drugs while trying to prevent COVID-19.

Adekola, who spoke in a statement, entitled: “Just before it gets out of hand”, noted that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration of Nigeria, NAFDAC, had only approved the use of Chloroquine in the clinical trials of the management/treatment of COVID-19.

“Pharmacists have observed an unprecedented demand for Chloroquine since the declaration of a prominent world leader who is certainly not an expert in this competence driven endeavour.

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“We advise all potential consumers, who will procure chloroquine, to seek the professional guidance and counsel of Registered Pharmacists, so that appropriate doses can be dispensed with necessary precautionary measures including possible side effects, adverse reactions and other dosage regimen details which will be communicated professionally.”

He noted that the ACPN had mandated its members to stock all necessary drugs for the management of the current health challenge, adding that it had successfully liased with NAFDAC which has authorised the massive central production of affordable hand sanitisers by local manufacturers.

“These affordable hand sanitisers are now available at reasonable prices at community and hospital pharmacies manned by Pharmacists across the length and breadth of Nigeria to clients who need it to maintain good hygienic standards at all times.

“The coronavirus obstructs the respiratory pathway by producing mucus that blocks the airways and lungs. Treatment, therefore, must focus on unblocking the airways and lungs.”