NAFDAC place ban on codeine importation

NAFDAC have place ban on codeine which is often abuse by the youth, codeine is mainly used for producing cough syrup.

Director-General Prof Mojisola Adeyeye said there is ban on codeine importation till further notice.

This statement was made when ban was lifted on three pharmaceutical company that are ban on May 7.


The company are; Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd Lagos, Peace Standard Limited and Boraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin.

The three companies has been charge to pay violation fees.

She said:

‘Therefore, the hold placed on the active pharmaceutical ingredient and the already made codeine syrups stands.

“NAFDAC will monitor the compliance.

” All codeine products are to be recalled and the process verified through audit trail verified by NAFDAC.

“Embargo has been placed on new applications for permit or renewals

for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.

“NAFDAC will not issue any permit until further notice.”


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