The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged Nigerians not to buy herbal mixtures from hawkers because they do not fulfil storage standards.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, issued the warning during an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.
The NAFDAC chief stated that any drug being hawked on the streets or in buses should be avoided due to its unknown source.
“For the liquid herbal concoctions, especially after four or five days, it starts growing bacteria.
“Even if the herbal concoction has some medicinal properties, the bacteria will kill the person that is taking it,” she said.
Adeyeye, on the other hand, stated that while some herbal medications work, users must confirm that they have passed NAFDAC’s safety and efficacy examinations.
“Many of our herbal medicines work but we have to do a lot of research to show how they work, at what level are we supposed to be taking them so that it will not get to the toxicity level.
The DG specifically warned against the use of performance-enhancing drugs because of the threat they bring to many unsuspecting men.
“Many men have died using performance-enhancing drugs because if they use them and they have heart problems or have ‘X’ type of ailment, it can easily kill,” she said.