Doctors won't be prescribing low-dose codeine, GP college says

RACGP says pharmacists shouldn't bother stocking the products

Don’t bother stocking low-dose codeine products after Thursday, a peak GP body has told pharmacists.

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Instead, pharmacists should focus on counselling patients that ibuprofen and paracetamol combined provides better analgesia, says Dr Evan Ackermann, chair of the RACGP Expert Committee — Quality Care.

There is also evidence of a minor benefit for acute pain when analgesics are taken with a cup of coffee.

“I would advise not to stock [codeine] products.”

Dr Ackermann was responding to a Pharmacy News request for

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