The Federal Government of Nigerian has recalled about 2.4 million bottles of codeine from circulation around the country.
The move is a result of an effort to reduce the abuse of Codeine containing cough syrup, in the country.
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving a report from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) after an audit trail of the banned substance.
It was discovered that 2,405,724 bottles of Codeine is still in circulation.
“The audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance, was part of the recommendations submitted by the 22-man committee drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies.’’
He added that the recall was also part of pharmacy vigilance and renewed effort to actively monitor drug distribution channels and sanitise the system.
The minister said the committee was an offshoot of the press statement by the ministry on the temporary ban of Codeine production and distribution and further directive for NAFDAC to convene a committee of stakeholders to chart the way forward.
The committee has the following as members: Director General, NAFDAC, Professor Christianah Adeyeye (Chairman); Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah; and the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
Others include Director, Food and Drugs Services (FMOH), Mr. Elijah Mohamed; President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mr. Moshood Lawal; Executive Secretary, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), Dr. Okey Akpa; and Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai.
The report involved 87 per cent of the manufacturers, 20 out of the 23 of the companies.
All the recalled products have been warehoused in the respective companies accredited by the Federal Ministry of Health.