9th February, 2011
National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, said on Tuesday in Kaduna that it would take stiff measures against incessant abuse of cough syrups in the state.
NAFDACâ€™s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs. Jessica Okwuchi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She said that the agency had received reports on the increasing cases of abuse of cough syrup.
Okwuchi said the abuse of the syrup, especially, â€œthose that contain codeine, has adverse effect on the brain as it contains suppressants.
â€œPeople are advised not to drive after taking the syrup but unfortunately, the reverse is the trend,â€ he said.
She expressed regret that in Nigeria cough syrups were obtained over the counter without the doctorâ€™s prescription.
Okwuchi said although the regulation to guard the sale of the syrup had yet to be amended, NAFDAC was collaborating with NDLEA and Pharmacistsâ€™ Council of Nigeria toward achieving the objective.
She said efforts were on to ensure that only prescribed cough syrups were sold at pharmaceutical stores and patent medicine stores.
Okwuchi warned patent medicine store operators to stop selling syrups that were prescribed by doctors to members of the public.
â€œNAFDAC would not spare any one that constitutes threat to public health,â€ she said. Okwuchi said parents should also caution their wards against peer influence.
She said that the public should report anyone dealing illegally in any regulated product to ensure the safety and the health of the people.