Claims GPs demanding banned cough meds

GPs are continuing to prescribe cough and cold medicines to young children despite a Therapeutic Goods Administration ban, putting a strain on relations with pharmacists.

Speaking at a meeting of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia last week, Linda Nguyen, manager of Lim's Pharmacy in Springvale, Victoria, said pharmacists were still facing pressure from GPs to dispense scripts for Demazin and Dimetapp for children under the age of six years.

"It's a catch-22 that [we] as pharmacists are being put into: do we supply or do we not

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