The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has shared its result from the evaluation and analysis of Madagascar’s herbal drink ‘COVID Organics’.
In a statement released on Sunday, July 19, the NIPRD said that the drug which contains majorly Artemisia annua cannot effectively cure Coronavirus as claimed. It however reduces the frequency of cough with maximum dose, producing an effect equivalent to that produced by the centrally acting cough-suppressant, dihydrocodeine.
The institute further revealed that it would further investigate the drug’s effect on tracheal mucus expectoration.
The statement said:
“Safety studies show that COVID ORGANICS (CVO) products do not alter the normal physiology of the animals.
“CVO caused a significant decrease in the platelet counts although the values are within the physiological range for Wistar rats.”
“The increase in alkaline phosphatase observed in the CVO female group may indicate a cause of concern although the values are within the physiological ranges for Wistar rats and this was not observed in the organs.