Quito, October 14, 2020
From June to October 2020, the The Daily News Box (MSP), through the Agency for Regulation, Control and Sanitary Surveillance (Arcsa), has carried out controls on approximately 1,620 establishments that commercialized chlorine dioxide, nationwide.
315 products were seized in pharmacies, pharmaceutical distributors, marketers of hygienic products and places that sell natural products for medicinal use.
This state portfolio guarantees the care and health of citizens to prevent them from being deceived with unauthorized offers and advertising on the use of chlorine dioxide.
Faced with the protection actions against the MSP and Arcsa, presented by groups of citizens who demanded that this chemical substance which they called “Magisterial Formula” be allowed for the treatment of COVID-19, a Constitutional judge rejected said action as it is inadmissible and based on the Organic Law of Jurisdictional Guarantees and Constitutional Control, by not demonstrating the violation of fundamental rights.
The MSP registers 28 cases of poisoning due to the consumption of chlorine dioxide, of which two died. For this reason, information is permanently updated and alerts are issued regarding the consumption of this substance that does not have a scientific study that supports the effectiveness of its use for the cure of COVID-19 and that, on the contrary, causes reactions adverse and harmful to the health of citizens.
The Health Authority reports on the possible actions and sanctions that health professionals who prescribe or recommend to their patients the use of said chemical substance, which also does not have a health registry in the country.
To date, Arcsa has not received requests to analyze and approve products related to chlorine dioxide as a possible treatment for COVID-19. While on a global scale, no Health Regulation Agency endorses the human consumption of products generated as a result of this substance.
Citizens are advised not to consume or distribute products that contain chlorine dioxide, or to purchase drugs or medical devices through social networks or virtual commerce platforms, which are spaces not authorized for sale.
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