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Pharma manufacturers groan over N1bn codeine products seizures by NAFDAC

Following mop up exercise conducted by the National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to recall codeine syrup in circulation nationwide, pharmaceutical manufacturers in the country said they are engaging the Federal

Government on why it should reverse the ban of the product.
It was gathered that manufacturers have suffered over N1 billion loss following NAFDAC’s seizure of the product at their factories.

They insisted that the Federal Government’s decision to ban the product without their consent was uncalled for, rather, they said government should have introduced control measures and monitor the distribution and usage of codeine among youths in the country.

The drug producers added that lawfully, they were granted permits by government to import codeine syrup or manufacture it locally.

They claimed that over N1 billion worth of codeine in NAFDAC’s custody nearing their expiring dates would lead to losses and may impact profits.

New Telegraph, December 20, 2018

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