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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

FG Bans Production of Codeine Containing Syrups in Nigeria

Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations. 

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known
in Abuja, saying the directive became necessary due to the gross abuse codeine usage has been subjected to in the country.

The minister noted that codeine containing cough syrups should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive.

He also directed the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) and NAFDAC to supervise the recall for labelling and audit trailing of all codeine containing cough syrups in the country, while he has also banned sales of codeine containing cough syrup without prescription across the country.

In a statement by the Ministry's Assistant Director of Information, Olajide Oshundun, Adewole said NAFDAC had an emergency meeting with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (PMGMAN) to inform them that there is an embargo on all new applications for registration of...
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