OTC codeine exemption campaign wins political support

NSW Deputy Premier says upscheduling the drug will hit rural communities hard

The Pharmacy Guild has scored a political victory in its push for pharmacists to be allowed to supply OTC codeine under strict protocols when the drug is upscheduled in February.

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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says his National Party supports moves for pharmacists to continue to supply analgesics containing codeine without a prescription for acute pain.

But his support is contingent on the backing of real-time monitoring of codeine sales.

Mr Barilaro, who made the announcement at a pharmacy in Harden, said upscheduling codeine would have