- Warning has been issued to pharmacists by the Consumer Protection Council against dispensing drugs containing codeine without prescription
- The agency said that it is illegal and a violation of law to attempt to purchase as well as dispense any such medication
- It said that codeine has adverse effects when taken with alcohol or carbonated drinks
Pharmacists have been warned against dispensing drugs containing codeine without prescription.
The Consumer Protection Council issued this warning because people purchase codeine for the purpose of mixing it with alcohol, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that according to a statement from the agency, those included in this category include cough syrup, cough suppressants and pain relievers.
The statement read in part: “Currently, and in exercise of the regulatory authority of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, expectorants/cough syrups containing codeine may not be dispensed as non-prescriptive Over the Counter medication.
“As such, it is illegal and a violation of law to attempt to purchase as well as dispense any such medication, unless exclusively in accordance with prescription by a qualified and legitimate medical practitioner.
“Any possession, delivery or provision of these medications in the absence of a prescription, or legal acquisition, but dispensing to a person other than whom it is specifically prescribed for, is a violation of law, constitutes drug abuse, and presents significant medical risks including possible injury, risky behaviour, addiction, and in extreme cases (especially pediatrics), fatality.”
According to the agency, codeine had demonstrated adverse effects when taken with alcohol or carbonated drinks.
It added: “These methods of mixtures negatively interact and have become a serious and dangerous pattern which pose significant risks of debilitating side effects including respiratory difficulties, nervous system deficiencies and mental impairment.
“Emerging professional medical and regulatory preference is to prohibit the prescription of cough medication containing codeine to minors because of its properties and propensity to promote addiction and other exposure to illegal drug use.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state urged the federal government to ban the sale of codeine syrups in the country because they are not lifesaving medicines.
Tambuwal made the call at a workshop on addiction and prevention held at the Sultan Maccido Institute of Quran and General Studies, Sokoto on Monday, March 19.
The governor who was represented by the state commissioner of health, Balarabe Kakale, said decisive measures was needed to curb rising cases of addiction particularly among married women in Sokoto and other northern states.
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