The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have shut down three leading drugs companies after a BBC investigation into addiction to cough syrup that contains codeine.
According to the Agency, the firms were shut down due to their failing to fully co-operate with its inspectors.
Nafdac Director – Mojisola Adeyeye said in a statement that the firms, Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Emzor Pharmaceuticals had been shut down because of “apparent resistance to provide needed documents during our inspection”. The companies could reopen at a later date, depending on “the level of co-operation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation” the statement further added.
The agency banned the production and importation of cough syrup containing codeine on the first of May after the BBC’s undercover team caught one executive of one of the said Pharmaceuticals Company boasting about selling cartons on the black market.
Meanwhile the said Company has since denied links to the black market and said it had dismissed the employee and launched a full investigation.