Sequel to the recent audit of cough syrup containing codeine by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Federal Ministry of Health has recalled 2.4 million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine.
The director of media and public relations of the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola expressed deep commitment of the ministry to counter the abuse of codeine and other substances in Nigeria.
It is worthy of note that a 22-man Stakeholders Committee has been set up by the Ministry. The committee is made up of individual who were drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector and relevant agencies to look into the menace of codeine. The audit trail and subsequent recall was a recommendation of the standing committee.
The committee includes the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, as the chairman. Other members include Muhammad Abdullahi, Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Elijah Mohamed, the Registrar of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Mr. Moshood Lawal, Director, Food and Drugs Services, Federal Ministry of Health; Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) among others.
The minister said PCN had been directed to continue enforcement activities on pharmacies, patent and proprietary medicine vendors’ shops and outlets throughout the country. NAFDAC has also been directed to carry out its functions in compliance with the new directives.