The codeine campaign

The vast majority of consumers should be allowed to access over-the-counter codeine medicines safely and responsibly from their community pharmacy, an industry peak body believes.

In its submission to the TGA’s supplementary consultation on the proposed up-scheduling of OTC codeine products, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) says it supports regulatory options that reduce the risk of codeine misuse.

However, ease of access must be a priority for the majority of consumers.

Dr Deon Schoombie, ASMI CEO, says the industry group &ldquo