The basic necessities of man are food, clothing, and shelter. Medication could be said to be the fourth, due to its importance in critical health conditions. The need for medication cannot be overemphasized due to its essence in the treatment of various diseases.

In Nigeria, history preserves records of how natural ingredients were exploited and combined to produce what was referred to as “traditional medicine”. In fairness and sincerity, this traditional medicine was very effective in many cases, but at other times, it was overwhelmed by the gravity of the illness. This, I suppose, was a result of poor assumption and interpretation of the symptoms, incorrect dosage administration, and poor preservation methods.

With the advent of orthodox medicine, the narrative has changed due to proper regulation of pharmaceutical activities by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. This association performs many functions including documenting and monitoring the processes of pharmaceutical companies, inducting qualified personnel, and many other functions.

Though Orthodox medicine has solved many of the problems that militated the efficacy of traditional medicine (e.g. Dosage administration). Orthodox medicine also has its own problems such as abuse, poor hygiene during manufacture, sale of expired drugs, and most importantly; the side effects of these drugs.

Therefore, to help check all these, this article is written to enlighten the reader on the legitimately recognized Pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria.


List Of Companies

The companies listed below are some of the long-standing pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. The company details that would be discussed revolve around the company owners, their location in Nigeria, contact details, and the type and use of their products. These companies are:

  1. Emzor Pharmaceutical

This company was created by Mrs. Stella Okoli in 1977. She was born from Kano state of Nigeria, in 1944. The owner is a seasoned Pharmacist properly schooled from the University of Bradford(1st degree), and the Chelsea College ( University of London), where she obtained a master’s degree.

What we currently have as Emzor pharmaceutical was formerly known as “Emzor Chemists Limited”. This was to show the humble beginning of the company as a small retail outlet for pharmaceuticals (Chemist) in Lagos state. Today, it is a full-blown pharmaceutical company producing over 140 medical products and consumables.

It has a manufacturing team cutting across related fields of study including Chemistry and Biochemistry. This combination strengthens the team to maintain the status-quo of quality pharmaceutical delivery, and also lookout for ways to improve the standard of their products through advanced research.

Currently, Emzor has 3 factories at Ajai, Richfield, and Aswani, all in Lagos State. It also has a factory at Sagamu in Ogun state; making a total of 4 factories.

Emzor also has subsidiaries including Emzor Hesco limited, Emzor vaccines etc. Their partners include; Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN). In general, Emzor products cut across antibiotics, anti-helminthic, analgesics, anti-malaria.


  1. May and Baker Pharmaceuticals

This company was created by May, Pickett, and Grimwade (who happened to be chemists) in 1839, precisely in England. The Nigerian brand of this company was founded on the 4th of September, 1944. Although the Nigerian brand of this company has maintained its business name, the brand created in England has undergone a series of mergers and acquisitions; which has resulted in its change of name a number of times.

The Nigerian company has its headquarter in Ikeja, Lagos state; a factory at Ota, Ogun State, and a depo at Aba, Abia State. The company has a team of indigenous executive management headed by Mr. Patrick Ajah, who is the Managing Director/CEO. They also have subsidiaries, including Biovaccines, Servisure, Osworth, and Tydipacks. Their products include personal care products, beverages, anti-diabetics, anti-malaria, analgesics, anti-infective, and anxiolytics.


  1. Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited

Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited was started by Dr. Michael Oyebanjo Paul in 1977.  Although it started on a small scale as a chemist, it has grown to become one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. This company has backed several awards for its prowess in the manufacture and distribution of drugs. It has its head office at Airport Road, Lagos. Just like other pharmaceutical companies, they also partner with umbrella pharmaceutical bodies like the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) and the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Most of the popular products of this company include Micpol Paracetamol Suspension, Ascorbion C 300 syrup, Folic Acid Syrup, the Supermag Antacid Suspension, and many others.




  1. Chemiron Limited

This company was created under the business name “Chemech Laboratories” in 1987. Currently, it operates under the business name “Chemiron International Limited”. They are long-standing in the production of blood capsules, Tonics, Omega-3 Multi, etc. Their office is located at plot 12, Block B, Metal Box Road, Ogba-Ikeja, Lagos.


  1. Drug Field Pharmaceutical Limited

Drug field Pharmaceutical is also a leading company in Nigeria. It started operations in 1993. Some of the products manufactured by them include injectable, oral liquid syrup, suspensions, tablets and capsules; eye, ear, and nasal drops. Their head office is located at Sang-Otta in Ogun State.


  1. Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited.

This company was brought forth from the Roche Pharmaceutical and was incorporated in 1976. Their products include Anti-malaria, anti-diabetics, anti-infectives, Swifen, Expezol, Sulphate, Polyfort, etc.

Records show that this company was the first pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria to obtain an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Certification. It also has a record of being the first company in West Africa to obtain a World Health Organization (WHO) Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification.



Orthodox medicine has come to stay permanently in Nigeria, and it is also in high demand. For this reason, an average of 115 pharmaceutical companies operate in Nigeria currently.

Therefore, to ensure proficiency, I strongly recommend that Nigerian agencies delegated with the responsibility of maintaining the high standard of these drugs and medical supplies should not relent in ensuring that high quality products and medications are delivered to the citizens.


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