From: Bamidele Fashube,(ABUJA), Nigeria (GVE) – The Nigerian government has banned the importation and production of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.
The Minister of Health, gave the directive to the National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and control (NAFDAC) in a statement on Tuesday.
This according to the Minister was due to the gross abuse of codeine in the country.
However, the Minister said cough syrups containing Codeine should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive.
Also, he directed the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria and NAFDAC to supervise the recall for labelling and audit trailing of all codeine-containing cough syrups in the country, while he has also banned sales of Codeine-containing cough syrup without prescription across the country.
He noted that NAFDAC had an emergency meeting with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group to inform them that there is an embargo on all new applications for registration of codeine-containing cough syrups as well as applications for renewal has been abolished.
The PCN has been directed to continue enforcement activities at Pharmacies, Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendor’s Shops and outlets throughout the country.
The Minister said:“Furthermore, these agencies shall work together to increase pharmacovigilance around codeine, tramadol and other related substances of abuse.”