Pharmacist Council Embarks On Exercise Towards The Recall Of Codeine Syrups From Nigerian Markets
In a bid to stop the circulation of codeine syrup in the country, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) reveals that it has commenced the recalling of a cough syrup which contains codeine from its stakeholders.
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The decision of the council is in line with the directives recently given by the Federal Government on the production, distribution and sales of codeine. Emzor, Others Sealed By NAFDAC Over Codeine Abuse
This development was relayed by the Registrar of PCN, Mr Elijah Mohammed, during an interview with reporters today Abuja.
Recalled that NIGERIA NEWS had earlier reported that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had issued a directive PCN, NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies to ensure the recall of codeine from the Nigerian market.
Mohammed noted that codeine, “… due to its inherent properties when used in high doses over a long period, it has been associated with dependence and powerful addictive propensity especially when used for recreational purpose.’’
He also revealed that the exercise has commenced in Ogun, Sokoto and Nasarawa States, and Adamawa.
He further disclosed that the council is already in touch with executives of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPNVs) and some other stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry so as to join hands in ensuring successful recall of the product.
He noted that the health of citizens of Nigeria should not be jeopardised for any reason whatsoever. In his words, “The health of Nigerians must come first before any other interest.”
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Recalled that the federal government had earlier declared the production, importation and sale of codeine in the country illegal, following the recent documentary that was relayed by BBC staff on the abuse of the product by Nigerian youths.
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