Codeine Syrup Crisis: NAFDAC Shut Down Three Pharmaceutical Companies

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., alongside two other pharmaceutical companies implicated in the codeine syrup crisis.

In a statement by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the action was due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during inspection at the pharmaceutical companies.

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye Director-General, NAFDAC

Adeyeye said the three companies will remain closed to ensure a full and comprehensive investigation.

“Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during our 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 – Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited. Plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited. No 405 Kaima Road, Ilorin, Kwara State and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Ajao Estate, Lagos.

“This is 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”, she said.

She also said a Task Force which is made up of NAFDAC Directors – Registration and Regulatory Affairs; Narcotics and Controlled Substances; and Drug Evaluation and Research has been constituted to carry out the investigations.

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