Lagos Rejects Ebola Trial Drug, Nano Silver as US Agency Declares it a Pesticide
The Lagos State Government has declared its resolve not to use any drug other than the American ZMAPP for the Ebola patients in its custody.
This is just as the United State Food and Drug Agency (FDA), a chief U.S. regulatory body declared the Nano Silver drug a pesticide.
Disclosing the resolve of the Lagos State Government not to use the drug, Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide idris, said Nano Silver, being suggested by the Federal Government by a Nigerian scientist is a natural health product and “the state is not ready to take chances with the health of the patients at all.
“Should we have access to ZMAPP now, right away, we will start the administration on the patients.
“We are attending a meeting soon with the Task Force on Ebola to know if the ZMAPP drug is available as stated by the Federal government, ”Idris said.
Speaking on the Nano Silver drug which sources said is yet to arrive Nigeria, 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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies nano-silver, a known anti-bacterial used to fight mold and other bacteria, a pesticide. Makers of products that contain it must register and receive clearance.
The U.S. FDA says it has gotten complaints about the Ebola treatment claims. The Nigerian government claims the treatment was given by a Nigerian scientist in the diaspora, but did not give the doctor’s name.
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