The German embassy in Kampala has warned of the dangers of using the drug, Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).
The warning follows reports in the German media about MMS being a miracle drug, which has been tested and found to cure malaria in Ugandan patients.
“MMS is not approved as a drug in Germany. Since there is no proof that that substance has any beneficial therapeutical effects, marketing MMS as a drug is prohibited in Germany,” an e-mail from the embassy partly reads.
The embassy further warns that MMS could “cause severe and harmful side effects.”
Use of MMS, which is also known as the Miracle Mineral Supplement, is prohibited in the US.
“The product, when used as directed, produces industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. The FDA has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration,” reads a 2010 press release on the United States’ Food and Drug Administration website.
Interviewed this week, Fred Sekyana, the National Drug Authority (NDA) spokesman, said he was unaware of tests done in Uganda to show that MMS can cure malaria.