Ebola Experimental Drug ‘Nano Silver’ Sent to Nigeria Fails Test for Approval – Minister
The Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, has disclosed that the Ebola experimental drug, Nano Silver sent to Nigeria to be administered on those infected with the deadly virus has failed to meet requirements for approval.
The minister, who stated this at a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, said that the drug would not be used on the Ebola infected patient having failed approval requirements.
He said, “You will recall that last Thursday. I announced that we were ready to deploy an experimental drug, Nano Silver.
“Although the drug has since last Thursday been made available to the EOC in Lagos. It has not been administered to any patient because we were awaiting clearance by ?the National Health Research Ethics Committee.
“I regret to inform you that the drug did not meet the requirements of the committee.”
He, however, said other drugs were being evaluated by the Treatment Research Group for EVD.
The US Food and Drug Administration had earlier declared the drug a pesticide when it learnt that it is been sent to Nigeria for use of the Ebola patients.
Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the FDA, claimed they could not find or verify any information on the treatment, though they did not explicitly call it by name.
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