In its effort to curb the menace of drug abuse, the federal government has banned the importation of codeine.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been directed by the federal ministry of health to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough syrup preparations.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, May 1 by the minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Punch reports.
The minister stated that cough syrups containing codeine should be replaced with dextromethorphan, which is less addictive. He said that the directive became necessary due to the gross abuse of codeine in the country.
Isaac, who also banned sales of codeine-containing cough syrup without prescription across the country, directed the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria and NAFDAC to supervise the recall for labelling and audit trailing of all codeine-containing cough syrups in Nigeria.