Drug Abuse: NAFDAC Reopens Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid Factory
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited the approval to reopen its liquid factory.
Recalled that the company’s liquid factory was shut down after a BBC documentary on drug abuse of Codeine syrup was aired in which one of the company’s products Emzolyn with Codeine was featured. The documentary titled ‘’Sweet Sweet Codeine’’ focused more on the rate of drug abuse in the northern state and the effect of the products on the people.
While speaking on the reopening of the factory, The firm’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Stella Okoli expressed happiness that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory.
She was worried that that one of its products – Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse.
According to her ‘’ as parents and especially a Mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. Even more painful is the fact that a genuine therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse.’’ She said
She added that the menace of drug abuse is a national concern and everybody should be concerned, adding that all hands should be on deck to arrest the situation.
Also speaking, the Director-General Duties, Human Resources, and Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said the company has built trust among its consumers across the country, and continent based on proper internal regulatory, and professional certifications for manufacturing and human resources.
“Every site we operate has GMP certificate issued and every product meets required specifications. The spate of drug abuse is really worrisome. It is a social ill. Many substances are being abused and everybody has a role to play. It is unfortunate that Emzor is in the spectacle among the three companies in the documentary,” said Mrs, Ezeoke.
The company commended the Federal Government, relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what is a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians while also called for action towards controlling the situation.
For over thirty years, Emzor has been making unlimited wellness available to all Nigerians through its range of more than 120 high quality healthcare products which are all duly approved by NAFDAC