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Nigerian Professor Maurice Iwu & Other Scientists Record Breakthrough in HIV/AIDS Treatment



The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV/AIDS with the discovery and approval of a drug developed by a team of scientists including Nigeria’s Professor Maurice Iwu.

The new drug, an oral botanical drug called Crofelemer is the second botanical, and an orally administered drug to be approved by FDA since 2006. The first botanical drug to be approved in the United States was a topical green tea extract, Veregen, in 2006. Both botanical drugs meet all US pharmaceutical requirements and can be dispensed only by prescription.

The research which led to the development of Crofelemer was carried out in the United States by a team of scientists including Professor Iwu, an acclaimed pharmacologist and tropical medicine expert.

According to Vanguard, the approval of Crofelemer was annouced on New Year’s Eve by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is used to treat HIV -associated diarrhea.

Crofelemer is the first drug to be approved in the United States to treat HIV -associated diarrhea. It is derived from the latex of the South American sangre de drago tree (dragon’s blood, Croton lechleri). A red, blood-resembling latex leaks from the tree when its bark is cut, and it is this substance that contains the novel polymolecular structure crofelemer, originally developed and standardized by Shaman Pharmaceuticals. Fulyzag (Crofelemer) is the second botanical drug approved by the agency. The drug’s approval marks an important event in the decades-long history of Crofelemer.”

This is welcoming news especially for Nigerians who feel proud that one of our own was on the team that developed this drug. It is hoped that more breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS treatment would be found soon.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Glam

    January 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Very laudable achievement, so proud of Prof. Iwu…By His grace, the cure for HIV/AIDS shall be found.

  2. Tunji

    January 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats to the Research Team. I’m proud to be associated with Prof Iwu on this matter. It pays to stay put in your field Prof. Leave Politics for Politicians…I respect Technocrats/proven career people more.

    • Soraya

      January 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, I agree with you. Iwu was a well meaning guy but was completely out of his depth in INEC. Nevertheless, he played a major role in helping to facilitate the move to electronic voting in Nigeria

  3. ola

    January 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    am appi for my great country Nigeria… more gist here at

  4. TheLearningCraft

    January 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    When you have your career in check, you do not need to play politics. The news will come right to your doorstep. The short-cut I-can-get-rich-quick syndrome we see many of our youth emulating from conditions in our society bemoans of fear to me. I hope that we can sincerely see through Prof. Key’s career and go back to studies. Even though he left politics on a questionable note, his career (which he worked hard for) has paid off. People, get up for education in Nigeria! Be the change agent by supporting education in any small measure you can. With our collective effort, our leaders cannot but do things right!

  5. TheLearningCraft

    January 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Oops! *Prof Iwu’s *

  6. Leigh

    January 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Am proud of you man.,

  7. Anon

    January 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I remember a while ago some people did some investigations and found out he (Iwu) bought his degrees from quack Universities. Mmmm. With this, all the best to him.

  8. Michelle

    January 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Day by day, scientists are making mad progress in finding cure for ailments. Wow. Did you guys read about some scientists finding a cure to administer to cancer patients?

  9. naijaPOSE

    January 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Impressive. Health is wealth

  10. Busola

    January 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    And this is coming days after Pastor Adeboye predicted a breakthrough in medicine. 🙂

    • Nigerian

      January 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Ermmm, this news was announced by the FDA on christmas eve. When did Pastor Adeboye predict? *blank stare*…in fact before the news was announced, gist had started flying about. It was a matter of when or not it will be announced, so go figure.

    • loo

      January 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

      According to Vanguard, the approval of Crofelemer was annouced on New Year’s Eve by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is used to treat HIV -associated diarrhea.

    • Boo

      January 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Lease tell me what ur the FDA hasn’t approved drugs or approved new indications…..pssst


    January 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Treatment of HIV Assoiated Diarrhea NOT Treatment of HIV/AIDS.
    Let’s Be careful of “Screaming Heaflines”/ incorrect News.

    • Bonnie E. Howard

      January 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      You are seeing what am seeing. Its not the cure of HIV but d cure to the disease linked diarrhea. What about the cure? Anyway, glory to God, becos its an improvement!

  12. Toyin

    January 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Very impressive. About time a huge breakthrough happens about HIV/AIDS. Great job to the research team, and Professor Iwu, we are very proud of you. Almost every Nigerian I know is a doctor or wants to be a doctor, which is a good thing. I wish we invest more in innovation not just having a job, so we can have big house and big cars. Nigeria/Africa needs deep thinkers, inventors, innovators and brilliant leaders to take the country and continent to where it can be.

  13. NNENNE

    January 6, 2013 at 3:38 am

    @ Olayinka Awofodu…. A very good point!

  14. abbey

    January 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Iwu is a fraud … Sahara report on how he bought his certificate. @ olayinka…you right-NOT HIV….more like diarrhea. still have no respect for the ugly man that ruined a crucial election…lets not forget that fact.

    • UCHE

      March 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

      u are a kill joy

  15. dinma

    January 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    if Iwu is a fraud how come the US has not delisted him?Let us learn to celebrate our own.Politics was never his calling,the powers that be knew that.It was easy for them to use him as a front to execute their plans.Kudos prof we celebrate your success.

  16. Soraya

    January 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    @ abbey January 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM
    So you are relying on a dogy website like Sahara Reporters to tell you that Iwu bought his certificate??? If Iwu’s certificate was ‘bought’ as you and your friends at Sahara Reporters are alleging, do you think that the FDA would have allowed this drug to be approved??? The FDA checks the qualifications of all scientists and pharmacists involved in manufacturing drugs before approving those drugs. I understand that Iwu received his degree from University of Bradford in England, so you can check with the university if you are interested in finding out

  17. Tosin

    January 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I like the botanicals idea. The name of this drug reminds me of “poisoned dragon’s liver” from the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Jazz all the way. Fascinating.

  18. Boom

    January 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    He is a professor f Pharmacognosy not Pharmacology

  19. Onakachi

    January 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This is good. Like the writer of this post said, I hope more breakthroughs are found for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

  20. Chris Dee

    January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The REAL achievement is impressive enough; this is why I do not think the headline is correct. The drug is used to manage HIV-RELATED diarrhea, not the HIV/AIDS itself. Well done to the team but the reporters should please be more factual!

  21. akomaye

    January 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    this is Good news if only the scientist board has approved the reseach.let not hapi over speculations.indeed it show’s us that God blesses the work of our hands kudos prof and crew.i,m hglad you returned to ur profession,

  22. Onye Igbo

    January 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    THE VISIONARIES AT THE FORE-FRONT OF NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE{the great Zik of Africa whose model was imitated round Africa};
    REFINEMENT OF OIL LOCALLY{Biafran Engineers};

    But it’s okay: we are the gift that keeps on giving. We are also the phoenix.
    Umu Igbo kwenu!!!

  23. Chiedu Agu

    July 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Like a father God visits his children to know their problems and how to help them . He came to the white man and He said father keep the background and qualifications just give me innovative and lasting solutions to use and sell to mankind. This He did!. Then he came to the Blackman he said give me the background and the qualifications and a lot of money to buy the solutions to life problems. That he also did,! What’s the result.? . Today the accedemics of Bill Gates , Steve Jobs , or even Albert Einstein was never an issue for their society to accept their ideas which has frog leaped humanity. While our brothers in Sahara Reporters are working had to defame world accepted achivers from our little black extraction. The human error in the reported actions or biography of their victims pales into insignificance when compared to their achivements sacrifices and contribution to society. .from Obasanjo to Okonjo iwuala ………… iwu everybody is a fraud waiting to be exposed!!!!!!!

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