By Laide Akinboade
A nationwide crackdown on sellers of illegal cough syrup containing codeine has resulted in the impoundment of 2,405,724 million bottles of the syrup.
The clampdown is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s resolve to curb the abuse of codeine containing cough syrup and other substances in Nigeria, following a recent audit of the substance carried out by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Minister, Federal Ministry of Health, Isaac Adewole, made this known while receiving the final report of the Stakeholders Committee set up by the Ministry to address the worrisome menace.
According to him, the audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance was part of the recommendations submitted by the 22-man committee drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant Agencies as part of pharmacovigilance and renewed effort to actively monitor drug distribution channels and sanitise the system.
The Minister recalled that the committee was an offshoot of the press statement issued by the Ministry on the temporary ban of Codeine production and distribution and further directive for NAFDAC to convene a Committee of stakeholders to chart the way forward.
The report involved 87 per cent of the manufacturers (20 out of the 23) of the companies.
All the recalled products are warehoused in the respective companies, the Minister informed