FG recalls two million bottles of codeine syrup
To further demonstrate the federal government resolve to stern the tide of codeine containing cough syrup and other substances in Nigeria, the federal ministry of health, has recalled 2,405,724 of codeine containing cough syrups, after a recent audit carried out by National Agency for food, and drugs, administration and control, NAFDAC.
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this known in Abuja, while receiving the final report of the stakeholders committee set up by the ministry of health, to address the worrisome menace.
According to the minister, he said the audit trail and subsequent recall of the substances was part of the recommendations submitted by 20man committee drafted from the broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies as part of pharmaco vigilance and renew effort to actively monitor drugs distribution channel and
sanitise the system.
The minister stated that the committee was an offshoot of the press release by the ministry on the temporary ban of codeine production and distribution. He further directed NAFDAC, to convene stakeholders' meeting to chart the way forward.
He noted that the committee constitute a high profile personality from different health professionals, who converge and brought their knowledge to bear that made the committee reports a successful one.
Adewole added that the reports involved 87% of the manufacturers, 20 out of the 23 companies. All the recalled products are involved in the respective companies the minister informed.