Kano Declares War Against Codeine, Raids 20 Suspected Locations

Kano state Pharmacist Inspection Committee, under the Ministry of Health, has commenced retrieval of all codeine containing preparations from pharmaceutical outlets and individuals in the state.

This is part of efforts to sanitize the state against any syrups or tablets containing codeine as directed by the federal government.

The Chairman of the committee who is also the Director Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of health, Abdu Umar Madaki said the committee visited about twenty premises in the state in order to retrieve such products and some preparations have been retrieved with proper documentation.

The chairman enjoined all pharmacies and individuals in possession of any codeine containing preparations, as a matter of urgency, to contact the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,  Kano office to collect the recall form to assist in mopping up codeine circulation in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government has assured that it would step up collaboration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, NAFDAC, NDLEA and other stakeholders in the state towards tackling the menace of illegal drug sale and abuse.

In the past few months, a substantial amount of illegal and expired drugs were confiscated even as the government is pursuing the prosecution of the arrested culprits.

The government urged well-meaning people to support the government in its anti-drug war by giving useful drug-related information to the relevant authorities.

Sourced from: The Nation

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