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Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole


The Federal Government has recalled over two million bottles of codeine-containing cough syrup after a recent audit trial of the substance by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving the final report of the committee set up by his ministry to address codeine abuse.He said the audit and subsequent recall of the substance were part of recommendations by the 22-man committee drafted from the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies as part of renewed efforts to sanitise the system.

The actual number of bottles affected is 2,405.724.Adewole recalled that the committee was an offshoot of a statement issued by the ministry on the temporary ban of codeine production and distribution, and further directive for NAFDAC to gather stakeholders to chart the way forward.

The committee had as members, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye (chairman); Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Abdullah; Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elijah Mohammed; Director, Food and Drugs Services of the health ministry, 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, among others.All the recalled products are warehoused in the respective companies, according to the minister.



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