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Day: May 8, 2018

Emzor Reacts to Closure of Production Site by NAFDAC

Emzor Reacts to Closure of Production Site by NAFDAC

NEWS
Emzor Pharmaceutical Nigeria Limited has reacted to the closure of its production site by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC. According to the pharmaceutical company, NAFDAC has only temporarily sealed one of Emzor’s production sites, the liquid line. The rest of Emzor is still operating as normal. In a statement released today by the Emzor, it said NAFDAC sealed its production site 5 days after carrying out an inspection on the site. Emzor said NAFDAC raised no issues at the time of the inspection, only for them to return later to close the site without explanation. Emzor Nigerian, however, said it will continue to make good quality affordable medicines for the Nigerian public and their products are still available to buy. The statement reads:
Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Children's Health, NEWS
A brain-imaging study has confirmed the notion that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs, and they have the ability to know other people’s mental states.  The study at the University of Illinois (UI), posted on the university’s website, showed that when seven-month-old infants viewed videos of an actor who saw or failed to see, an object being moved to a new location, they had changing activities in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs, just like adults watching the same videos. “This suggests that the infant brain, like that of adults, may distinguish when others hold true and false beliefs,” said UI psychology professor Daniel Hyde, who led the study. UI researchers used the same brain-imaging methodology of looking at activity in the temp
Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Council Steps Up Monitoring

Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Council Steps Up Monitoring

NEWS
Following the abuse and retailing of drugs with codeine without doctor’s prescription, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has increased inspection, monitoring and supportive supervision activities in all registered premises in the country. Mr Elijah Mohammed Registrar of the council who revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja said the essence was to tackle the menace of quacks and challenges of drug abuse. Mohammed said the measure was sequel to the directive by the Minister of Health to the council and other regulatory agencies to supervise the recall of codeine containing cough syrup nationwide. The Registrar further said the council would strengthen its ongoing enforcement activities to pharmacies and Patent and Proprietary Medicin
Effective Control of Narcotics Requires Multisectoral Approach -NAFDAC DG

Effective Control of Narcotics Requires Multisectoral Approach -NAFDAC DG

NEWS
Following the directive by the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to suspend the further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye has said the embargo is not permanent, but temporal. The DG, during a mini press conference with journalists in her office on Wednesday, 2 May 2018, said although the issue of narcotics control requires a multisectoral approach, it became imperative for the agency to put a temporary hold on the issuance of permits for codeine, because things cannot continue the way they have been, hence the agency had to take action, as peoples’ lives were at stake. She said: “Previously before the release of the BBC documentary, I
Codeine: NDLEA Arrests Distributor, 41 Drug Traffickers in Edo

Codeine: NDLEA Arrests Distributor, 41 Drug Traffickers in Edo

NEWS
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Edo Command has arrested 41 persons for allegedly trafficking in illicit drugs in the state.  The Assistant Commander and Head, Operations and Intelligence of the Command, Mr Peter Ogar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Benin on Monday that the suspects, including a distributor of codeine, were arrested for drug offences ranging from possession, peddling and consumption in various parts of the state. According to him, the suspects include 33 males and eight females. He said within the period under review, 449.2 Kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa and 18.64 Kilogrammes of suspected Psychotropic substance were seized. Ogar also said that four farms where substance suspected to be cannabis sativa was being cult
Don Develops Two Antimalarial Drugs in Ahmadu Bello University

Don Develops Two Antimalarial Drugs in Ahmadu Bello University

NEWS
Prof Umar Katsayel of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has developed two antimalarial drugs that can compete with other relevant drugs in the treatment of material parasites. Katsayel disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeri (NAN) in Sandmu, near Daura, on Monday. According to him, the drugs were developed from the roots of Cissampelous mucronat plant and the stem-bark of Plumeria rubra plant, “adding they are common herbs found around the vicinity”. He said the drugs were subjected to various laboratory examinations to determine their efficacy and toxicity before consumption. ”We would soon make the drugs public after certifying the obvious certification process with the relevant regulatory bodies,” the Don said.
20 Babies Didn’t Die At FMC, Owerri — JOHESU

20 Babies Didn’t Die At FMC, Owerri — JOHESU

NEWS
The Leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, has dismissed the allegation that their members disconnected gadgets in the Special Care Baby Unit and thereby caused the untimely deaths of 20 babies in intensive care. The union also said that at no time did their members assault any officer of the medical institution. It added that the capacity of the SCBU of the hospital is not up to 20. A statement issued by the union on Monday ansigned by its Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Clifford Ezeugwu, Iheanyi Okoronta and Solomon Nwafuru, respectively, stated that its members could not have indulged in the ugly activities following the union’s nationwide strike. It also said that enforcing compliance through picketing was not
I Risked My Life to Expose ‘Codeine Cartel’, Says Soyinka, BBC Editor

I Risked My Life to Expose ‘Codeine Cartel’, Says Soyinka, BBC Editor

Interviews, NEWS
If you are yet to read about or watch the documentary entitled ‘Sweet Sweet Codeine’, perhaps you haven’t been on social media or moved close to the television in recent times. In a five-month undercover investigation, Adejuwon Soyinka, editor of BBC Pidgin, and Ruona Meyer, a BBC correspondent, led a team of reporters across the country, interacting with victims of drug abuse and those making profit out of their misfortune. The investigation revealed how some corrupt officials of big pharmaceutical companies conspire with distributors who violate the standard procedure by making the cough syrup available in the open market, thereby giving the public uncontrolled access to it. Twenty-four hours after the documentary was aired, the ministry of health banned the production and import of co
Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians

Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians

NEWS
The abuse of drugs among youth has become a disturbing trend in Nigeria. This recently led to the federal government’s ban on codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for making cough syrup. There is little information on how many drug users there are in Nigeria. The abuse of prescription drugs is so rampant and has gone beyond codeine. The ban on codeine-related drugs might only spur many youth to look for alternative drugs to satisfy their urge. Some of the over-the-counter drugs which have been abused depending on the defined use include antibiotics, antidiarrhoeals, laxatives, pain-relieving drugs, sedatives, amphetamines and cannabis. The availability and possible medical needs of these other drugs indicate government must comprehensively review Nigeria’s drug policy rather th
Codeine Abuse: NAFDAC Seals Emzor, Other Pharmaceuticals

Codeine Abuse: NAFDAC Seals Emzor, Other Pharmaceuticals

NEWS
NAFDAC has shut down the Peace Standard Pharmaceutical ltd., BIORAJ Pharmaceutical ltd. both in Ilorin, Kwara, and the Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Lagos as it probed the codeine-based syrup epidemic. Codeine-based syrup is used in treatment of cough, but when abused could lead to harmful and deadly addiction. In a statement by NAFDAC on Monday, Director General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said that the clampdown was due to the companies’ inability to provide required documents for NAFDAC officials during the inspection of the facilities at Ilorin and Lagos. “Due to insufficient evidence gathered and apparent resistance to provide needed documents during inspection on May 2, 2018 at the respective companies in Ilorin and Lagos, respectively, it has become necessary to shut down