The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
has asked Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited to produce
its sales representative who captured in a British Broadcasting
Corporation documentary selling codeine syrup to undercover
journalists who posed as illegal drug dealers.
NAFDAC, in a statement by its Director-General, Prof. Moji
Adeyeye, said it might be forced to declare the employee wanted if
he was not produced.
The agency also announced that it had reopened the production
line of Emzor and two other companies – Peace Standard
Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited –
which were shut last Monday as part of investigations into the
abuse of codeine syrup.
NAFDAC said the decision was taken after a meeting with the
heads of the companies. Dr. Stella Okolie represented Emzor while
Mr. Samuel Akinlaja and Mr. Rahamon Bioku represented Peace
Standard Pharmaceuticals and Bioraj Pharmaceuticals
The statement read in part, “The agency (NAFDAC) should arrest, if
need be declared as wanted, and investigate the sales
representative indicted in the BBC documentary to ascertain his
level of culpability in the illegal distribution of codeine cough syrup.
“The company should furnish the agency with all relevant
information about him. The chief security officer of the company
should be invited for interrogation. The company’s good
manufacturing practices should be improved and verifiable
“There is a need to reconcile the list of the company’s accredited
distributors with the names on the stock card in order to ensure
good distribution practice.”
It also advised Emzor to develop a system to monitor distributors’
NAFDAC said the three companies had been fined appropriately for
violations but did not state how much they would pay.
For Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited, NAFDAC said the company
violated good distribution practices by not monitoring the
It said a worker colluded with a sacked employee to illegally
distribute codeine cough syrup that was allegedly stolen from the
The company was also cited for bad storage practice or poor good
The agency said the sale, importation and production of codeine-
infused syrup remained banned.