Owing to panic shopping, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Pharmacy Council say there is a lack of hydrogen peroxide at pharmacies.
The condition has contributed to the selling of bogus and substandard hydrogen peroxide on the market, according to a joint statement issued by the two organisations.
Furthermore, the statement cautioned pharmacies to procure their stocks from accredited wholesalers and suppliers.
“The general public is also being reminded to purchase only Food and Drugs Authority approved hydrogen peroxide and other medicinal products and be on the lookout for the mandatory FDA registration nu
The scarcity comes days after a report on the effect of hydrogen peroxide on reducing infection with COVID-19 was published.The ‘traditional’ oral hygiene fluid, which is cheap, readily available, and safe to use in low doses, could be used to minimize viral load in the oral and nasal cavities of Covid-19 patients and to inactivate the viruses they shed, according to the study entitled;’ A argument for Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash and Gargle to Restrict SARS-CoV-2 Infection.’
This, the study found, would prevent the touch of patients with Covid-19 and, in particular, health workers from becoming affected.
mbers on such products, if they are manufactured in Ghana,” the release said.
Study team chief, Rev. Emeritus Prof. Andrews Seth Ayettey Retired Professor, University of Ghana Medical School, College of Health Sciences, said in a press release that 1% nebulized hydrogen peroxide may be beneficial in the treatment of patients with early signs and symptoms of Covid-19 that will enter all areas of the respiratory tract including the alveoli.
The study team has been even more persuaded about the feasibility of this approach in the on-going observational trials, he added, noticing that eight frontline nurses in the Covid-19 management team at a District Hospital using hydrogen peroxide had not contracted the disease and had tested negative since May 2020.
However, by contrast, 62 of their colleagues who did not use peroxide had contracted the disease by the end of December 2020, he observed.
“We are therefore more encouraged to recommend, in addition to public health protocols and other remedies being actively promoted by the government, the use of hydrogen peroxide to protect against Covid-19,” he said.