Emzor Pharmaceutical Makes Weak Move To Restore Lost Glory

Emzor Pharmaceutical Makes Weak Move To Restore Lost Glory
  • PublishedMay 14, 2018

The management of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company in a bid to repair its tarnished reputation has revealed that it would support the Nigerian Government in the rehabilitation and treatment of persons affected by drug addiction.

Recall that the company had been exposed by a BBC documentary for illegal sales of codeine after one of its workers was cut on tape saying he could supply as many cartoons of the now illegal drug. The documentary had generated a lot of criticism from the public leading to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control, (NAFDAC) shutting down the three pharmasitical company exposed in the investigation.

The company which had denied involvement in the activities of the  worker who was exposed expressed delight at the decision of NAFDAC, to re-open the company’s production line.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the company’s Group Managing Director, Stella Okoli, noted that the development was a good one.

Speaking on Sunday, Uzoma Ezeoke, the company’s Executive Director, General Duties, said the factory was reopened after the agency carried out all necessary due diligence.

The company also promised to help in the rehabilitation of affected people.

“Emzor will seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward that are sure to follow in the days and months ahead,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.

“From the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme, there is room for much support and improvement in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons affected by addiction.”

Emzor said it commended the Nigerian government and the relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what is “a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians”.

“We also commend the Federal Ministry of Health for their prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.

“NAFDAC, after their inspections are satisfied that our manufacturing processes conform to all laid down procedure and we are a fully compliant company. Our company has been consistently compliant and we have valid Good Manufacturing Practice certifications.

“This trust we have earned, through unrelenting hard work and commitment to the highest standards and best practices in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The events of these past two weeks have only served to further strengthen that commitment,” it said.

“Emzor believes in developing our youth through the Chike Okoli Foundation which was established in 2006 to promote healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurship, we have trained, influenced and touched the lives of millions of youth many of whom have graduated from the foundation’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and are now running their own businesses,” it added.

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