Pain specialist supports codeine rescheduling

A prominent pain specialist has hit out at what he calls a "scare campaign" to derail the Federal Government's plan to make codeine prescription-only.

Dr Michael Vagg (pictured), a pain specialist and clinical senior lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine, Geelong, says interested groups are promoting the misleading idea that Medicare will be overburdened by patients visiting GPs to obtain codeine scripts.