The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has issued sanctions to Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd, Lagos, shut down last week for its involvement in the codeine scandal.
Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this however said the shutdown placed on the company has been lifted and normal company operations can resume.
According to Adeyeye; “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.”
She also 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 added that 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.
Other pharmaceutical companies sanctioned were, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State.