Earlier this week, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals were shut down by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for failure to comply with the Federal Government directives to stop the production and distribution of Codeine syrups.
The trio pharmaceutical were shut down due to their alleged participation in the distribution of Codeine syrups through black market.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said that the shutdown was prompted due to the failure of all three companies to provide evidence and supporting documents requested from them during its inspection of the respective companies in Ilorin and Lagos. This shut down would allow the agency continue its investigation in detail and would allow for comprehensive gathering of evidence.
“The companies therefore remain closed. The reopening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation.” Adeyeye said
The agency affirmed that the need to shut down companies was conceived after a meeting with technical directors of NAFDAC on how to strengthen the weakness in the control of the manufacturing and distribution of codeine-containing medicines as demonstrated in the recently released BBC documentary.
The Director General has called on the stakeholders involved in the production and regulation of codeine containing products including Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG- MAN), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), NAFDAC, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) to hold a crucial meeting as soon as possible to combat the production and distribution of Codeine Syrup.