After many days of anxious waiting, the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, has rebranded its Covid-19 drug from “CVD PLUS” to “PAX HERBAL CUGZIN”, and begun its distribution across the country. The novel drug, which is in capsules form, is packaged in a container of eighty 290mg capsules, each containing Garcinia Kola, Curcuma Longa, and Zingiber officinale.
Though the drug bears the disclaimer, “these claims have not been evaluated by NAFDAC”, in our interactions with Rev. Fr. Dr. Jerome Ejim, OSB, we gathered that the drug did undergo NAFDAC screening, even though the process is still on. He further stated that though the Monastery has got approval to begin distribution, it was important to state categorically that until NAFDAC concludes its extensive evaluation, the drug would continue to bear the disclaimer.
The Benedictine Monk went further to state that the drug went through animal testing and clinical trials before they got approval to begin distribution. He added that the function of the drug is both curative and preventive, as it can serve as an immunity booster, as well as an anti infective drug. He however noted that it was not to be used by pregnant women and children under 11 years old.
The required dosage is two capsules daily, as an immunity booster, while usage for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 would require the directions of the health providers.
Recall that on April 29 2020, the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, released a Press Statement on it’s official Facebook Page. The statement was “ABOUT CURE FOR COVID-19”, though the claim was really about the “TREATMENT” of COVID-19.
In that release, which we ran under the caption “Catholic Monks Discover ‘CVD PLUS’ for the Treatment of COVID-19″, we noted, among other things, that “Fr. Anslem Adodo, Director at Pax Herbals had earlier recommended some of its already NAFDAC-approved drugs for the management of symptoms associated with COVID-19.
In an interview granted to Catholic Herald; official newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anselm Adodo, whose doctoral degrees are in Management of Technology and Innovation, and Medical Sociology said, “we have herbal medicines for many of the diseases that plague our people. For more than 25 years, we have been producing herbal medicines for Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Malaria, prostrate problem, male and female infertility and others. For those 25 years, we have strived to maintain the same high standard and consistency. The only thing we are poor at is making noise about what we do. Those who use the products make the noise for us” (cf. fadakay.org).
We thank God that our people can finally access a herbal remedy that is 70% effective in the management and treatment of symptoms of COVID-19.
As at June 25, 2020, the official statistics for COVID-19 cases in Nigeria stand at 22,020 infected cases; with 7,613 discharged cases; and 542 deaths.
These claims have not been verified by NAFDAC.