Codeine: NAFDAC reopens  three closed pharmaceutical companies

Codeine: NAFDAC reopens three closed pharmaceutical companies

Ebun Francis |

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Saturday reopened the three pharmaceutical companies that were implicated in the illegal manufacture and distribution of codeine-containing syrup.

The three companies, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited, Kaima Road, Ilorin and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industrial Limited, Ajao Estate, Lagos, were closed on May 7.

Mojisoye Adeyeye the director general of NAFDAC in a statement said the directive to lift the shut down followed meetings held with the companies and its directorates of investigation and enforcement (I&E), drug evaluation research (DER) and narcotics and controlled substances (NCS).

According to NAFDAC, the production of codeine syrup is to be stopped immediately until further notice while investigations continue.

Adeyeye said, “Therefore, the hold placed on the active pharmaceutical ingredient and the already made codeine syrups stands. NAFDAC will monitor the compliance.”

“All codeine products are to be recalled and the process verified through audit trail verified by NAFDAC

“Embargo has been placed on new applications for permit or renewals for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations, i.e., NAFDAC will not issue any permit until further notice

“The companies have been charged with administrative fees that are commensurate with the respective violations.”

NAFDAC said it would hold a stakeholders meeting on the codeine crisis in a few days to develop a roadmap for the supply chain distribution and the future of codeine syrup manufacturing.

The federal government in April announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine.

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