‘Bush Medicine’ Under Study at Uganda’s Gulu University Thanks to $1m from President But Under Wary Regulatory Authority

‘Bush Medicine’ Under Study at Uganda’s Gulu University Thanks to $1m from President But Under Wary Regulatory Authority

Some political tensions appeared to influence a clinical trial planned by Uganda’s Gulu University as the study team now fundraises to support study startup of what most certainly will be considered by the West as a controversial clinical trial involving what’s known as a bush medicine, that is, a concoction of indigenous African herbs here in Uganda. The Ugandan National Drug Authority (NDA) ordered the immediate halt to the production of the study drug, a concoction called Covilyce-1, declaring that this compound consisting of several herbs wasn’t approved by the governing authorities. Two days later, however, the nation’s president, Yoweri Museveni, met with a group of the Gulu University scientists behind the proposed study; the head of the government went ahead and authorized the study, thus superseding that national regulatory authority. Apparently, the investigational team, led by Dr. Alice Veronica Lamwaka, already announced that 100 COVID-19 patients administered this Covilyce-1 had recovered from their illness. Thus the investigational team sought to commence the formal assessment of this herbal medicine. Can such a bush medicine be used as an effective means to combat C...

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