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Codeine crisis: NAFDAC shuts Emzor Pharmaceuticals, two others

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) has shut Emzor Pharmaceutical Ind. Ltd, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited that were implicated in the codeine syrup crisis.

The Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement on Monday, said the decision was taken following findings from investigations and inspections at the affected companies.

The statement said, “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 the product lines of the three companies – Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State; Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited, 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.”

The DG constituted a task force to be made up of NAFDAC directors in charge of registration and regulatory affairs; narcotics and controlled substances; and drug evaluation and research.”

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