GPs warned off prescribing low-dose codeine as OTC ban begins

Nurofen Plus could essentially disappear from circulation

As the ban on over-the-counter codeine kicks in, the RACGP says it does not support doctors writing scripts for low-dose codeine products — a move that would essentially take popular drugs, such as Nurofen Plus, out of circulation.


Codeine was made prescription only following a ruling by the TGA in 2016, but Dr Evan Ackermann, chair of the RACGP Expert Committee on Quality Care, is encouraging pharmacies to stop stocking low-dose codeine products altogether.

“The evidence is that these low-dose codeine products offer no better analgesia than standard