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.

Professor Skerritt, who is adjunct professor of pharmacology at the University of Canberra and the University of Queensland, said investigation was needed because opponents of rescheduling - mostly pharmacists and individuals - had said there