By Lucy Osuizigbo
Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, a medical researcher with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Yaba, Lagos, has known as for stiffer regulation of slimming medicine to safeguard the well being of shoppers.
Iwalokun made the decision in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
He stated there was the necessity for proof of security, effectiveness and approval from drug regulatory businesses within the nation earlier than such merchandise are bought or consumed.
”The mechanism of motion of those medicine and drugs ought to be identified, however folks lack this consciousness and that’s the place the priority lies.
”We at the moment are in an period the place drugs is evidence-based. So, any drugs with out proof just isn’t price taking.
”Therefore, the behavior of taking slimming medicine with out proof of security or effectiveness just isn’t a superb observe.
”There are numerous mechanisms by which one can slim, considered one of which is these medicine which confer slimming advantages with the truth that they’ve excessive cellulose content material which fills the abdomen, thereby taking away urge for food for meals which may enhance physique weight.
”This is an effective mechanism. Nevertheless, it is necessary to know the quantity of cellulose within the drug as a result of there are some which have the flexibility of changing slimming to modulating Leptin exercise.
”Leptin is a hormone produced by the adipose tissue which indicators the mind on when to eat and it really works with the vitality standing of the physique.
”Though some fats folks have misplaced this signaling capacity of Leptin, however there are additionally medicine that may right this loss and scale back their glutton behaviour towards meals, thereby limiting dietary consumption which is precisely what a few of these slimming medicine do.
”Some of those slimming medicine have claims of having the ability to break down fat, particularly these saved within the adipose tissue and belly area for people who have central weight problems.
”This in all probability promotes uptake and breakdown of lipids within the liver, thereby lowering physique fats content material.
”All these are attainable mechanisms utilized by the producers of those medicine to confer their slimming capacity, however we would like proof and documentation on security; mechanism of response and efficacy checks carried out on such merchandise, ” he stated.
Iwalokun, subsequently, urged regulatory businesses to rise as much as their mandate by making certain the authenticity and efficacy of such slimming medicine earlier than they flood the market.
He cited the involved businesses to incorporate the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the Standards Organisation Of Nigeria.
Others he talked about, embrace the Federal Institute of Industrial Research and the NIMR.
He additionally urged the businesses to organise consciousness and enlightenment programmes to coach the general public on the well being dangers of consuming unprescribed and unapproved slimming medicine.
According to him, any product that doesn’t meet the required customary ought to be taken off the market to save lots of lives.