The National Agency for Food, and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday lifted the shutdown order on three pharmaceutical companies closed on May 7 for production of codeine cough syrups.

The affected firms are: Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd Lagos; Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State.

NAFDAC’s Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement, gave the directive following meetings stated the affected companies have been charged administrative fees “commensurate with the respective violations.”

The agency also ordered immediate stoppage of codeine syrups until further notice while investigations continue.

“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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