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Codeine: NAFDAC Orders Arrest Of Emzor Officials, Others

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Some officials of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company are been invited to answer questions as part of the ongoing investigation of the case of illegal cough syrup distribution

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the arrest of some officials of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company in Lagos State.

The arrest of the officials is part of a five-point directive to Emzor Pharmaceutical and two others companies in furtherance of the agency’s investigation of the case of illegal codeine cough syrup distribution.

Part of the directive was the arrest of the absconded Business Development Manager implicated by the BBC documentary, titled “Sweet, Sweet Codeine,” who was said to have been sacked by the company and the invitation of the company’s Chief Security Officer for interrogation.

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A week ago, the Isolo, Lagos headquarters of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company, where the syrup was manufactured and the factories of two other pharmaceutical companies, namely Peace Standard Pharmaceutical, Bioraj Pharmaceutical were shut down.

This follows the discovery of unethical distribution of codeine cough syrup, which has fueled a spate of codeine addiction among young people.

The agency has, however lifted the ban for the companies to resume normal operations.

The companies were ordered to stop the production of codeine syrup until further notice.

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