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Codeine cough syrup, NAFDAC closed Peace standard, Bioraj and Emzor Pharm. Companies

National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has shut down the services of three pharmaceutical companies on Monday.

The Agency said, it has shut down the services of Peace Pharmacuetical Limited, Bioraj Pharmacuetical Limited and Emzor Pharmacuetical Ind.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of the Agency, made this known to newsmen after findings from investigation by the Agency on the different roles the affected companies played in the codeine syrup crisis

“Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during our inspection on May 2, 2018, at the companies in Ilorin and Lagos, respectively, it has become necessary to shut down all the product lines of the three companies – Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited, 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.”

She maintained that reopening these company again will depend on the level of cooperation from the affected companies during the course of a more comprehensive investigation.

“The re-opening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation.”

The DG constituted a task force to be made up of NAFDAC directors in charge of registration and regulatory affairs; narcotics and controlled substances; and drug evaluation and research.”

Members of PMG-MAN in the committee included the Executive Secretary of PMG-MAN, Fidson Healthcare; May & Baker PLC; and Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries.

A team of nine NAFDAC and ten mobile police officers had been sent to Ilorin, Kwara state on May 2, 2018, to carry out an investigational inspection at the companies of the two different pharmaceutical companies that are licensed to manufacture codeine-containing syrup, and which were implicated in the BBC documentary.

 

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