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Cough syrup with codeine no longer to be sold on counter-Health Minister
- Written by Abdullateef Abubakar Jos
He expressed concern over the rising abuse of cough syrup with codeine, and said that the
ministry was taking drastic steps to regulate the availability of the drug.
The minister said that government was also committed to creating an enabling
environment for local pharmaceutical industries to thrive.
``We are in the process of inaugurating a National Drug Advisory Team and launch the
National Drug Distribution Guidelines on Feb. 7,'' he said.
Chukwu said the ministry was working to ensure that the regulatory bodies in the sector
carried out their functions effectively.
He said that the ministry was in the process of integrating traditional medicine practice into
the medical school curriculum.
The minister urged herbal medicine practitioners to go to medical schools, so as to equip
themselves with the requisite expert knowledge.
While assuring that he would continue to support the pharmaceutical society in his official
capacity, he called on herbal medicine practitioners to always lay emphasis on diagnosis
before prescribing drugs.
He also urged them to register their drugs with the National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Speaking earlier, Akintayo, commended the Federal Government for initiating a drug
distribution guideline for the country.
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