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Codeine Ban: Emzor to support rehab centres

One of the drug manufacturing companies involved in the codeine saga, Emzor Pharmaceuticals says it will support rehabilitation centres for those with mental health issues.

The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr Stella Okoli made this known in Lagos while reacting to the Statement by NAFDAC announcing the lifting of the ban on the company.

Dr Okoli who expressed dismay that Nigerian youths were having issues with prescription drugs urged all stakeholders to unite and fight the menace.

She explained that as a major player in the pharmaceutical industry over the years, Emzor had been advocating a healthier Nigeria full of love and cooperation without vices.

The Executive Director, General Duties, Human Resource and Finance, of the company, Mrs. Ezeoke noted that drug addiction which is a social ill should not be politicised because it is not peculiar to Nigeria alone.

Mrs Ezeoke explained that the detail of Chukwunonye Madubuike, the Company’s Business Development Officer who is said to be on the run, had been given to the relevant authorities.

On Saturday last week, NAFDAC, reopened Emzor and two other pharmaceutical Companies indicted in the codeine saga.

A statement by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye which announced the reopening of the pharmaceutical companies however maintained the ban on production of Codeine based drugs in the Country.

Julie Ekong

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