As part of efforts to stem the abuse of codeine and other substances in the country, the federal government said it has recalled 2, 405,724million bottles of codeine containing cough syrup.
Minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who made this known in Abuja, said that the recall was done after a recent audit trail of the substance carried out by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
In a statement made available by the ministry, the minister said that 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.
He recalled that the committee was an offshoot of the press release 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 committee members include the director general, NAFDAC, Professor Christianah Adeyeye(Chairman); chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Abdullah; Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria(PCN), Elijah Mohamed; director, Food and Drugs Services(FMOH), Mr Moshood Lawal; president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(PSN), Ahmed Yakasai; executive secretary, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), Dr. Okey Akpa amongst others.
The report, the minister said, involved 87 per cent of the manufacturers (20 out of the 23) of the companies, adding that all the recalled products are warehoused in the respective companies.
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