OTC codeine staying put for now

Moves to take OTC codeine products off the shelves and make them prescription-only will not be implemented until at least 2017, says the head of the TGA.

Speaking at a Senate hearing on Thursday, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt  said the deferral of the TGA's interim decision to reschedule codeine products would last until May 2016, when a final decision would be made.