Nigeria bans cough syrup with codeine after addiction outcry

One of Nigeria’s largest pharmaceutical companies has suspended the distribution of cough syrup containing codeine.

The announcement comes after a BBC investigation revealed some Nigerian pharmaceutical figures are involved in the black market trade of the addictive medication.

One of the company’s sales representatives was filmed by an undercover reporter boasting that he could sell one million cartons of the product on the black market in a week.

He has since been dismissed.


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