According to David Nahamya, the Secretary to the Authority, the manufacturer of the genuine product notified them that they didn't manufacture the product currently on the market as their last batches expired in 2019.
While registered sanitizer brands in the country were only four before the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease, they now have 68 manufacturers on the market. But, of these only 28 have so far been confirmed for quality. 28 others have failed the quality tests, while 12 more brands have not yet been tested.
Mijumbi told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that he hasn’t heard from NDA regarding what other steps he should take to advance his research since President Museveni had asked that he gets guidance.
According to NDA’s Principal Regulatory Official Brenda Kitimbo, WHO stipulates that sanitizers should have 80 percent of ethanol, diesel as well hydrogen peroxide, to be effective in ridding users of dangerous pathogens.
This decision according to Prof. Pauline Byakika, a member of the COVID-19 National Case Management Committee is being reached after reviewing available research from clinical trials. She said patients who are under treatment at Entebbe Hospital are being given chloroquine even as there’s no drug yet approved specifically for COVID-19 treatment by the National Drug Authority (NDA).
Brenda Kitimbo, The Principal Regulatory Officer at NDA says that although medical workers are supposed to use N95 masks that are categorized as type 2R in NDA lab analysis, many were found using Type 1. She said that health workers need to be educated on what masks are required under hospital settings.
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network this morning, Dr. Jimmy Opigo who heads the Malaria Control Programme at the Ministry of Health said promoting Artavol as prevention for malaria is wrong because the properties from which it’s made can only stay in the blood for a very short time something that puts its users at risk of resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT).
All researchers submitting proposals are supposed to indicate what innovations they are venturing into among the categories under NDA’s mandate, which include herbal medicine, chemical drug, medical device, drug - device combination or new manufacturing technology.
when he was asked to explain, he couldn’t show any proof of his work even though he had noted earlier that he was open to discussions or even trial regarding efficacy of his medicine. When the Police and NDA visited his home in Bweyogerere, all they found were packs of unbranded drugs and a Bunsen burner.
While many of the sanitizers they tested had recommended content compositions on the labels, they found they were actually not available in the liquid. Some of the fake ones include Tuva, Halal, perfect sanitizer, Microcide, Safe Hands, Zest, Bactivir, Instant safe and Vitro, some of which are imported products. Also among those that failed the various test parameters and not fit for use by the population include Arrows sanitizer produced by the Makerere University Pharmacy department.
NDA Public Relations Officer Fredrick Ssekyana told Uganda Radio Network on Friday morning that among the drugs that customers were buying in big doses is chloroquine which is among the drugs currently being studied in clinical trials as a potential treatment for Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19).
Benon Mutakirwa Rugaju, the Chairperson Kakamba Dairy Cooperative Society, which brings together 150 dairy farmers in Kakamba Sub County, says that their cows are going blind and they suspect fake drugs is the root cause.
According to Bitekyereezo, all his efforts in riding the veterinary medicine sector of fake products was impeded by lack of an equivalent of the National Medical Stores since he was only dealing with the private sector which is often infiltrated by unscrupulous dealers.
As his board of 20 members, which is also the biggest among government agencies, Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said considering the challenges of endless litigation and intrigue within the entity, she has appointed a lawyer to the board to guide them on the challenges that keep arising.
According to Okema, Onencan revealed the whereabouts of the firearm while being interrogated for assaulting Corporal Walter Oling. Okema explains that the gun was stolen from an officer who was guarding the National Drug Authority offices in Hoima district.
Bitekyerezo who became the drug body’s head in January 2017 is being accused of among others expending public funds of the authority to his benefit since he continued paying a salary to an individual who held a non-existent position in the authority.
Dr Mary Nalubega, a nutritionist based at Kampala Hospital says increasingly, people with chronic illness such as high blood pressure, sickle cell anaemia and heart diseases are being duped into abandoning some foods and promoting others without research-based evidence.