THREE pharmaceutical firms, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., that were implicated in the codeine syrup crisis, have been shut down by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC.
Codeine syrup is used in treatment of cough, but when abused could lead to full-fledged addiction that is potentially deadly.
Following a BBC documentary on abuse of codeine-based cough syrups, especially in northern part of Nigeria, the Nigerian government had announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC announced that it has shut down the operations of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Lagos, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical ltd., BIORAJ Pharmaceutical Ltd. both in Ilorin, Kwara due to the companies’ inability to provide required documents on their use of codeine during the inspection of the facilities.
Disclosing this in a statement made available to Vanguard, Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said the decision was taken following findings from investigations and inspections at the companies
According to the statement: “Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during our inspection on May 2, 2018 at the respective companies in Ilorin and Lagos, respectively, it has become necessary to shut down all product lines of the three companies – Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited. Plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited. No 405 Kaima Road, Ilorin, Kwara State and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Ajao Estate, Lagos. This is to allow for a full and comprehensive investigation. The three companies therefore remain closed.
“The reopening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation.