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FG Bans Cough Syrup With Codeine |The Republican News

The Federal Ministry of Health has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole made this known in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

He said that the directive became necessary due to the gross abuse Codeine usage has been subjected to in the country.

In its stead, the Minister said Codeine-containing cough syrups should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive.

He also directed the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, (PCN) and NAFDAC to supervise the recall for labelling and audit trailing of all codeine-containing cough syrups in the country, while he has also banned sales of Codeine-containing cough syrup without prescription across the country.

He noted that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control had an emergency meeting with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (PMGMAN) to inform them that there is an embargo on all new applications for registration of codeine-containing cough syrups as well as applications for renewal has been abolished.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has been directed to continue enforcement activities at Pharmacies, Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendor’s Shops and outlets throughout the country.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] was also directed to fully carry out its functions among others: to regulate and control the manufacturing, distribution and sale of drugs, including inspection at points of entry of drugs, drug products and food for compliance with the new directive.

The Minister stated that the FMOH shall ensure collaboration among regulatory agencies namely, NAFDAC, PCN, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), for effective implementation of extant Acts, regulations, policies and guidelines on codeine control and usage.

‘Furthermore, these agencies shall work together to increase pharmacovigilance around codeine, tramadol and other related substances of abuse,’ Adewole stated.

Already, NAFDAC has developed IEC materials that will be used in an already planned national campaign against drug abuse, an awareness programme that includes Young Pharmacists Group of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. This will soon be flagged off in Kano and Lagos.

As a way of discouraging youths to shun the drugs, the Federal Government through Federal Ministry of Health shall partner with National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Football celebrities, members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Performing Musicians of Nigeria and other celebrities to drive national campaign against drug abuse.

‘The FMOH shall ensure that Drug treatment intervention for victims of substances abuse shall be undertaken across the spectrum of healthcare delivery system in the country,’ Adewole stated.
He stated that Civil Society Organizations shall be strengthened to deliver effective sensitization, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services.

Recalled that in view of the serious public health concerns drugs abuse poses to Nigerians, a working group which comprised of experts from various Ministries, Agencies of Government (including regulatory agencies), Development Partners and Associations was constituted in January and tagged Codeine Control and other Related Matters Working Group (CCRWG).

The CCRWG was formally inaugurated on January 23, 2018, with clear Terms of Reference of developing key recommendations and strategies to address the menace of codeine, tramadol and other related substances in Nigeria.

The CCRWG submitted its interim report on April 12, 2018, and recommended short-, medium- and long-term measures for implementation in a memorandum submitted to the Minister, today, 1st of May 2018.

Finally, Professor Adewole restated the commitment of FGN to ensure the full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guideline (NDDG) by January 01, 2019 and closure of all open drug markets penultimate the implementation date of the NDDG that is, December 31, 2018. It is a public knowledge that easy access to codeine, tramadol and other substances of abuse is promoted by the chaotic drug distribution system.      (New Telegraph)

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Buhari Calls Obasanjo, Bello, Tells Governor All Is Well With Him

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Olalekan Adetayo and Gbenga Odogun

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday spoke with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on the telephone.

Buhari called to congratulate Obasanjo on his 80th birthday, while he told Bello that “all is well with him” and thanked the governor for his support and prayers.

According to a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President congratulated Obasanjo in a telephone call from London, “where he is convalescing.”

Buhari reportedly told Obasanjo that a time like this “provides an opportunity to reflect on his invaluable roles and contributions to the unity and cohesion of Nigeria, the brotherhood of all Africans, as well as peace and amity over the globe.”

He described the former President as “a true citizen of the world.”

Recalling their days in the military,  Buhari said, “Those of us who served under you in various capacities recall a man with boundless energy, with razor – sharp mind, and one who does not suffer fools gladly. Working with you was a school in itself, and the lessons learnt are worth their weight in gold.”

Obasanjo wished Buhari good health, saying he “stands together with him in prayers so that he can return soon to continue the good work he is doing for the country.”

Also, Buhari in a telephone conversation with Bello said he was feeling fine.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, after the phone conversation.

Fanwo explained that the two leaders spoke for a couple of minutes during the interaction while the governor was coming from Abeokuta where he had attended the 80th birthday anniversary of Obasanjo and the inauguration of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Fanwo stated that the conversation took place in the presence of the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Ahmed Imam, and a few other members of the House,  commissioners and other top government functionaries, who accompanied Bello to Abeokuta.

“He (President Muhammadu Buhari) told the governor that he is observing rest and will return very soon to Nigeria to continue his assignment of providing purposeful leadership for the nation, “ Fanwo stated.

Fanwo added that the President thanked the governor for his support and his leadership qualities.

Kogi State had last week joined other states to pray for Buhari’s quick recovery as thousands of Muslim and Christian faithful joined Bello to pray for the President and the nation as a whole.

The governor urged the Muslims to always pray for their leaders as directed by Allah, saying prayers are required for peace,  harmony and prosperity of the nation. (Punchng.com)

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