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.
See reactions from Nigerians below
It is NAFDAC that should be shut down, not Emzor pharmaceutical. NAFDAC claim they didn't know about codeine abuse, then they've failed in their regulatory duty and if they claim they knew, then they are COMPLICIT in the abuse. In fact it is THEIR fault.
— Virtuoso (@ebenzy_) May 8, 2018
In my country, NAFDAC (a body responsible for Food & Drug Control) shuts down 3 Phamaceutical companies (Emzor, Peace Standard & Bioraj) to clamp down codeine addiction.
Companies that produce vitamins, antibiotic, anti-malarial, analgesics & others ooo.
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— Olayinka (@GalacticoHD) May 8, 2018
Emzor pharmaceutical and few others sealed by Nigerian government because of codeine production.
Government about to lose again cos you can't ban the producers but blame the consumers 👌
— Omope Abdulazeez (@Iam_Abdulaxis) May 8, 2018
Again, just when you think this government can't sink any lower, they set the bar at the bottom of the gutter and begin to dig.
So obsessed with banning/shutting down things without proper thought given to alternatives and consequences. In a sane nation, Emzor & Co would sue.
— Eketi (@eketiette) May 8, 2018
People abuse alcohol everyday,
People abuse cigarettes everyday,
But it's a pharmaceutical company like Emzor that Nafdac sees to shutdown because people abuse codeine. .
There was a country
— DisturbingCzar (@TheDamorela) May 8, 2018
via: INFORMATION NIGERIA