Is Panadeine Forte about to become schedule 8?

New upscheduling proposal for codeine products

Stocking Panadeine Forte and its generics could become a nightmare if an upscheduling proposal is approved.

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The Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) has been asked to move all divided preparations containing 12mg or more of codeine per dose to schedule 8.

Undivided preparations containing 0.25% codeine would also be upscheduled under the proposal.

The proposal has been put forward to close a scheduling loophole identified by KPMG in 2016. It found some S4 drugs contained a higher total codeine dose per pack than some S8 drugs.

The proposal is