NEWS– Mbarara University of Science and Technology MUST has strongly warned any third party against production, distribution, and sale of Covidex without the express permission from them.
According to a Press Release dated June 14th 2021, signed by Prof Celestine Obua, the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Jena Herbals Ltd which is involved in production if the Covidex Herbal Medicine has been singularly put on notice to stop producing and selling the medicine.
In the 2 page Press Release which this Online Publication has seen, Dr Obua warns that any third party in the production, distribution and sale of the Covidex Herbal Medicine with prejudice to desist from negotiating deals with any individual other than Mbarara University of Science and Technology who is the holder of the intellectual patent rights for this product will face the law.
Dr Obua also advised the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda to work closely with Mbarara University of Science and Technology if they are interested in supporting the lead researcher Dr Patrick Ogwang and his team who are developing the Covidex Herbal Medicine without excluding the University which has the intellectual patent rights.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology says that Covidex Herbal Medicine has been leaked on the open market without following up the laid procedures, but since the University values the health of the general public, they would want every body interested in the product being developed to follow the procedures as stipulated by National Drugs Authority (NDA) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
The University Press Release was prompted by an earlier communication from the National Drugs Authority which also issued a press release indicating that it had not approved the mass production and sale of Covidex Herbal Medicine because it had not assessed it and even the innovators have not applied to them to have the product assessed as required by the law.
Here below, we reproduce Mbarara University of Science and Technology Press Release in full.