The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed the production lines of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industry in Lagos and two Ilorin-based companies,Â the Peace Standard Pharmaceutical ltd., and BIORAJ PharmaceuticalÂ ltd., as it continues to probe the codeine-based syrup epidemic.
In a Â statement by NAFDAC on Monday, Director General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the clampdown was due to the companiesâ€™ inability to provide required documents for NAFDAC officials during the inspection of the facilities at Ilorin and Lagos.
â€œDue to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during inspection on May 2, 2018 at the respective companies in Ilorin and Lagos, respectively, it has become necessary to shut down all product lines of the three companies.
â€œThe companies are the Â Peace Standard Pharmaceutical ltd. at Plots 3 & 8, Adewole Industrial Estate, Lubcon Avenue, Ilorin, Kwara State and Â Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited. No 405 Kaima Road, Ilorin, Kwara State.
â€œAlso shut down was the Â Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Ajao Estate, Lagos.
â€œThis is to allow for a full and comprehensive investigation; the three companies therefore remain closed,â€™â€™ the statement said.
â€œOn May 2 and 3, a Â team of nine NAFDAC officers were sent to Â carry out investigational inspection at the companies that are licensed to manufacture codeine-containing syrup, and which were implicated in a BBC documentary.
â€œThe team comprised of two from Drug and Evaluation Research â€“ DER and seven from Investigation & Enforcement â€“ I&E) and ten mobile police officers.
â€œThe focus of the assignment was to access and monitor from records the utilization, sales and effective distribution of the codeine containing cough syrups to the end users.
â€œMeanwhile, meeting of the stakeholders mentioned above is being planned while the shut down and full investigations continue.
â€œThe reopening of the manufacturing companies will depend on the level of cooperation that is shown during the comprehensive investigation,â€™â€™ the statement said.