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A recommendation to move codeine to Schedule 4 would reduce consumer access and increase the cost of widely-used medications, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia argues.

The Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling today issued an interim decision recommending the re-scheduling of codeine containing analgesics to Schedule 4 (Prescription Only Medicine).

Among the reasons given for the decision are:

  • Risk of medication misadventure through polymorphic metabolism, deliberate misuse/abuse combined with the relative lack of efficacy compared to safer products.
  • The risk/benefit profile for