Tuesday, 8 May 2018

No More Codeine Diet! NAFDAC Seals Off Emzor, 2 Other Pharmaceutical Companies

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited and Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited following their implications in the codeine syrup crisis.



Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of the Agency, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said the decision was taken following findings from investigations and inspections at the affected companies.

“Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during 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.

“The companies are the  Peace Standard Pharmaceutical ltd. at Plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State and  Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited. No 405 Kaima Road, Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Also shut down was the  Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Ajao Estate, Lagos.

“This is to allow for a full and comprehensive investigation; the three companies therefore remain closed,’’ the statement said.

“On May 2 and 3, a  team of nine NAFDAC officers were sent to  carry out investigational inspection at the companies that are licensed to manufacture codeine-containing syrup, and which were implicated in a BBC documentary.

“The team comprised of two from Drug and Evaluation Research – DER and seven from Investigation & Enforcement – I&E) and ten mobile police officers.

“The focus of the assignment was to access and monitor from records the utilization, sales and effective distribution of the codeine containing cough syrups to the end users.

“Meanwhile, meeting of the stakeholders mentioned above is being planned while the shut down and full investigations continue.

“The reopening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation,’’ the statement said.

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