The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has warned members of the public against consumption of medication containing codeine.
According to Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Executive Secretary of CPC in a statement said even though codeine has not been declared as an illegal drug, it can be classified as a narcotic substance.
“Codeine is an opiate and one of many belonging to the opioids family. It is largely used as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. As such, it is an active ingredient in some expectorants or cough syrups. Currently and in exercise of the regulatory authority of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), expectorants/cough syrups containing codeine may not be dispensed as non-prescriptive Over the Counter (OTC) medication”.
As such, he said, it was illegal and a violation of law to attempt to purchase, as well as dispense any of such medication, except exclusively in accordance with prescription by a qualified and legitimate medical practitioner.