Last week, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) shutdown three pharmaceuticals following their failure to obey the Federal Government Directives regarding the production and distribution of Codeine Syrup in Nigeria.
One of the shutdown pharmaceuticals, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, has been reopened by NAFDAC following the company’s reported cooperation and provision of details of the worker who absconded and was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, “Sweet sweet codeine”.
Dr. Stella Okoli, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid factory expressed her deep felt pain over the misuse and abuse of Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness. She disclosed this during the reopening of the pharmaceutical company in Lagos .
She emphasized that drug abuse has remain a constant bane of national concern that should be combated and ameliorated by all means to save the citizenry. She added that the company would seek to make relevant contribution to rehabilitation as represented in the BBC programme.
“As a parent and especially a mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. We follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) here at Emzor, and NAFDAC officials from the investigation and enforcement directorate, conducted an inspection of our factory and were given full access to all the records they requested. We are happy to announce that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory,” said Okoli.
Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke, the Director-General Duties, Human Resources and Finance, revealed that the firm has consistently gained trust due to her proper internal regulatory, and professional certifications for manufacturing, and human resources.
She added that “Every site we operate has GMP certificate issued and every product meets required specifications” said Mrs, Ezeoke.
She appreciated NAFDAC and affirmed that all sanctions issued by the agency has been adhered to resulting to the opening of the factory.