The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has said it shut down the operations of Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Ltd, BIORAJ Pharmaceutical Ltd, both located in Ilorin, as well as Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Lagos, due to the failure of the companies to comply with the directive that they should provide the required documents that permitted their use of codeine in the course of inspecting the facilities.
It can be recalled last week that the Nigerian government announced an immediate ban on the production and importation of cough syrup containing codeine. The action was taken after a BBC documentary was made on the abuse of codeine-based cough syrups, with northern Nigeria most affected.
NAFDAC placed a seal on the three companies as they were indicted in the BBC documentary. The agency disclosed that a team of nine officers were sent to carry out an investigational inspection of the companies that were indicted in the BBC documentary, whilst also supposedly licensed to produce syrup containing codeine. According to the agency, the companies refused cooperation with the NAFDAC officials.
“Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during an 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. NAFDAC, Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said in a statement on Monday.
NAFDAC revealed that the three companies were shut down: “to allow for a full and comprehensive investigation; the three companies, therefore, remain closed.’’
“The reopening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation,’’ the statement said.