NAFDAC
Moji Adeyeye

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued sanctions to Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State, and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd, Lagos, shut down last week for being implicated in the codeine syrup crisis.

This was disclosed in a press release by the Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye.

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The agency boss however said the shutdown placed on the companies has been lifted and normal company operations can resume.

Adeyeye said: “The companies have been charged with administrative fees that are commensurate with the respective violations.

“All production of codeine syrup should be stopped immediately until further notice. Therefore, the hold placed on the active pharmaceutical ingredient and the already made codeine syrups stands. NAFDAC will monitor the compliance.

“All codeine products are to be recalled and the process verified through audit trail verified by NAFDAC.”

The NAFDAC boss said embargo has been placed on new applications for permit or renewals for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations, and NAFDAC would not issue any permit until further notice.

She said the Agency plans to hold a stakeholders meeting on the codeine crisis in a few days to develop a road map for the supply chain distribution and the future of codeine syrup manufacturing, in line with pronouncements by the Minister of Health.

Adeyeye explained that on her directive, NAFDAC held a high-powered meeting with the executives of the three companies separately on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Lagos to further the investigation into the codeine manufacture and distribution with possibility of lifting the shutdown of the companies.