Pharmaceuticals Group of MAN, LCCI Silent over Ban on Codeine Syrups

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By Franklin Ocheneyi

“THEcough syrup with codeine is one of the lines of no fewer than 22 pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. The popular Benylin with codeine has been manufactured in our country for more than 50 years.”

That’s how  a public commentator, reacted to the  ban on the  manufacture and marketing of cough syrups containing codeine by the Federal Government, last week.

Recall that following the BBC Pidgin and Africa Eye Documentary on the abuse of codeine in Nigeria, two weeks ago, which allegedly linked Emzor Pharmaceuticals and three other companies in the industry to the direct sales of the product to the black market through their Sales Representative, the government of Nigeria followed suit and banned the production and sales of the products across the nation.

However, the management of EmzorPharmaceuticals had in a statement tagged ‘BBC Documentary on Codeine-Our Position’, said:“We have stopped the production and distribution of Emzolyn with codeine, pending a thorough review of its current processes…  Our average daily production level is below 0.5% of the estimated daily amounts of codeine reportedly consumed in the two Northern States mentioned in the report.”

Efforts by Nigeria Industrial Digest to get the reactions of the Pharmaceuticals Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, PMG-MAN, and its counterpart at Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), failed. They neither responded to our calls, nor emails and test messages, after more than 72 hours.


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