NAFDAC approves scorpion venom for cancer treatment

by  Andem Effiong

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the introduction of a homeopathic remedy for managing pain in cancer patients.

The drug, Vidatox 30 CH, is a biotherapeutic, with scorpion venom as active ingredient, manufactured by Cuba-based firm Labiofam and was formally introduced on the Nigerian market on Thursday, February 5.

Homeopathic remedies work by enhancing the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself by means of immune system.

“Most patients with advanced cancer experience severe pain. This pain can be alleviated if correctly and effectively managed. The optimal use of medication is pivotal in the effective control of cancer pain. Multiple methods of pain control are however frequently necessary in the treatment of cancer pain,” said Dr. Paul Orhii, director-general of NAFDAC.

The use of Vidatox does not exclude other conventional cancer treatment and that simultaneous use with chemotherapy could improve anti-tumor activity, said the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Development Company, which will distribute the drug in Nigeria.

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